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Tubert gets first round under her belt

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Tubert gets first round under her belt

ROGERS, Ark. — University of Arkansas sophomore Emily Tubert fired a three-over 74 against the professionals at the Walmart NW Arkansas LPGA Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark., Friday. The Burbank, Calif., native is playing on a sponsor’s exemption and had a 7:32 a.m. tee time. Her round featured five bogies and two birdies in her first-ever professional field. “It’s amazing being out here,” Tubert said. “I was surprised how similar it is to other tournaments. I was a bit nervous with first-tee jitters but I feel like I settled right in. I hung tough out there today and I putted pretty well, but my ball striking was not quite what wanted it to be.” Tubert opened play on the 10th hole and was even through the first seven holes she played. She made the turn at one-over after she hit her tee shot in the bunker short of the green on the par three, 195-yard 17th hole. Tubert was able to pop out of the sand and onto the green but her 10-foot putt for par slid by the cup. She found a bit of trouble on 18 (her ninth hole) when she hit her second shot right but Tubert saved par with a great uphill shot to the green. It was one of many good up and downs she had for the round. Tubert turned and was again right of the fairway on her tee shot at the first hole. She gave herself a birdie opportunity with a great second shot to the green but the putt didn’t turn. She dropped in a two-footer for par. Tubert then bogeyed the next four holes as she got tentative off the tee box. The lapse moved her to five over with four holes to play. The Razorback sophomore made a nice recovery finishing strong, however, beginning with a birdie on the par three sixth hole. She dropped her tee shot pin high just right of the flag stick and tapped in moving to four-over. Tubert would keep the momentum rolling into the seventh hole with her next birdie. The par five, 508-yard hole again saw her push her drive right into the rough and her second shot stayed right of the green into the fringe. But a solid third shot left her a three-foot putt that she sank moving to three-over. She finished her round with back-to-back pars on the par four, eighth and ninth holes. Tubert hit 11 of 18 greens in regulation, had 31 putts, was two-for-three on sand saves and averaged 271.00 yards per drive in the first round. The second flight of the 48 team field went out around noon and final results will not be available until later this evening. Tubert plays again Saturday in a tee time still to be determined.



Sports Category : Golf (W)