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Small fast greens hamper Lady’Back linksters

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Small fast greens hamper Lady’Back linksters

Jump to agate FAYETTEVILLE – The eighth-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team fired a first round 309 and is in ninth place at the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif., Monday. Arkansas, in its first action of the spring season carded a 25-over 309 as the Lady’Backs struggled on the greens. “We struggled today,” said Arkansas head coach Kelley Hester. “The greens were very small and very fast and we didn’t adjust well early. Amanda (McCurdy) birdied her last three holes coming and Ashley had a really great start. She struggled a bit on the second nine but I think she learned a lot about her game. I definitely think we can play better and that’s what we’re shooting for tomorrow.” Arkansas was led by senior Amanda McCurdy who opened with a 75 and is tied for 15th overall. McCurdy’s round was plagued by a pair of double bogies and three bogies but the El Dorado, Ark., native rallied coming in with the 75. Three Lady’Backs are tied for 40th overall with round of 78. Senior Lindsay Hinshaw and sophomore Stacy Lewis and Ashley Medders hold that spot while senior Courtney Mahon is tied for 56th with an 80. Ninth-ranked Arizona State leads the talented field with a 293, three strokes better than No. 7 Southern California and No. 20 California, both of whom are tied for second. Second-ranked UCLA lurks in fourth place and is tied with No 11 Wake Forest with 301 while No. 33 Oklahoma State is sixth with a 304. No. 25 Florida and No. 16 Stanford are tied for seventh with 305 followed by No. 9 Arkansas with a 309. Pepperdine, ranked fifth, is 10th with 311, followed by No. 18 Arizona with 312, No. 15 Washington with 312, No. 19 Ohio State with 314 and No. 23 New Mexico with a 323. Play continues through Wednesday at the par 71, 5,912 yard course. For more information about Arkansas golf log on to LADYBACKS.COM.Northrup Grumman Regional ChallengeFirst round resultsPalos Verdes Golf Club: Women’s Championship Par 71 – 5912 yards

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T2USC+12296
T2California+12296
T4UCLA+17301
T4Wake Forest+17301
6Oklahoma State+20304
T7Stanford+21305
T7Florida+21305
9Arkansas+25309
10Pepperdine+27311
T11Arizona+28312
T11Washington+28312
13Ohio State+30314
14New Mexico+39323

Arkansas Individuals

T15Amanda McCurdy75
T40Stacy Lewis78
T40Ashley Medders78
T40Lindsey Hinshaw78
T56Courtney Mahon80

Top 10 Individuals

T1Susie MathewsUCLA70
T1Jennifer OsbornArizona State70
T1Sophia SheridanCalifornia70
T4Sofie AnderssonCalifornia72
T4Nannette HillWake Forest72
T4Pernilla LindbergOklahoma State72
T4Paola MorenoUSC72
T8Kelly HustedStanford73
T8Azahara MunozArizona State73
T8Amber PrangeWashington73


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