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Stacy Lewis wins Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Stacy Lewis wins Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational

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FAYETTEVILLE – University of Arkansas senior Stacy Lewis shot a two-round 151 (74-77) winning the rain-shortened Betsy Rawls Longhorn Classic in Austin, Texas, Wednesday.

The sixth-ranked Lady Razorbacks women’s golf team battled bad weather, tough conditions and the field finishing fourth overall after a 321 Wednesday.

High winds on Monday hampered play as Arkansas opened with a 311 and a fourth place finish after the first round. Tuesday’s round was rained out as the storms that battered Northwest Arkansas made their way through Texas first.

The shotgun start Wednesday put teams on the course late morning but the Texas Golf Club was wet for the final round. Arkansas, however, hung on for fourth place overall finishing with a 632 (311-321) in the first rained-shortened event in two seasons.

“I think we were pretty close to the lead after nine holes but let some shots slip away coming down the stretch,” said head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. “We are really going to focus on finishing strong in the next couple of weeks. We really need to work on finishing the rounds.

“What can I say about Stacy,” Estes-Taylor continued. “She just won her 10th collegiate golf tournament. She was struggling a bit early but we talked and I told her to stick to her game plan and she could win this. She hit some great shots with five holes to go and came back for the win. Stacy did what she had to do coming down the line. It’s another great performance for Stacy.”

Lewis has won four of her last five tournaments dating back to the Stanford Intercollegiate Oct. 19-21. Lewis followed with a win at the UA Ann Rhodes Intercollegiate and added the title at the Lady Puerto Rico to open the spring season.

Junior Lucy Nunn (77-82) and freshman Kelli Shean (80-79) tied for 18th overall counting a 159 for Arkansas. Sophomore Kristin Ingram tied for 38th overall with a 163 (80-83) and sophomore Corinna Rees finished tied for 61st with a 168 (85-83).

New Mexico hung on for the win posting the lowest first round and second-best final score for the victory. The 22nd-ranked Lobos finished with a two-round 623 with rounds of 303-320. Fifth-ranked Florida finished second with a 624 (305-319) followed by host and 32nd-ranked Texas with a 630 (308-322).

Sixth-ranked Arkansas was fourth with a 10-stroke lead over No. 24 TECU (321-321) and No. 20 Notre Dame (317-325) who tied for fifth overall at 642.

Also finishing in the top 10 were No. 33 Ohio State who was seventh with a 644, No. 47 Iowa State in eighth with a 648, No. 42 Oklahoma in ninth with 651 and a tie between No. 45 Indiana and Southern Methodist with 654 for 10th place.

The Lady Razorbacks pack their bags from Austin, Texas, traveling to Athens, Ga., for the 2008 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia, March 21-23. For more information about Lady Razorback golf, please log on to LADYBACKS.COM.



Sports Category : Golf (W)