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Tubert makes cut

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Tubert makes cut

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Sophomore Emily Tubert of the University of Arkansas women’s golf team shot a three-under par, 68, on the second day of the LPGA’s Wal-Mart Northwest Arkansas Championship presented by P&G on Saturday to move to even par for the tournament and make the cut for Sunday’s final round. Tubert, whose gallery continued to grow as she played her round, was solid throughout as she completed her 18 holes. At several points there were more than 40 followers of the Razorback who, along with those in the seats at the 17th green “Called the Hogs” as she approached. “I thought that Emily had a lot of opportunities today,” Razorback head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. “She could have had a better round, but these greens were really fast and your speed and line had to be just right. I think that yesterday, Emily got the jitters out and today she went out and played the way she is capable of.” Getting off to a solid start, Tubert was even par through four holes including a fantastic save on the fourth hole where she went up-and-down from a plugged greenside bunker which caused those that were watching to erupt in cheers. The save seemed to light a fire in the Burbank, Calif., native as she dropped in a three-foot birdie putt on the fifth hole to move to one-under on the day. Tubert just missed a birdie on six as she rolled a 40-foot putt just by the hole, but came back with birdies on seven and eight to go to three-under par as she approached the turn. Her birdie on seven came after she pushed her second shot right of the green and went up-and-down and her third birdie of the day came on a long downhill putt that found the center of the cup. Tubert would move to four-under par when she tapped in a four-foot birdie putt on the par three, 11th, but gave the stroke back on 12 after her tee shot went in the rough on the left side of the fairway. The lone amateur in the field remained at three-under through the 15th hole before another birdie-bogey combo on 16 and 17. The final hole of the day, the par 5, 18th, could have been disastrous for Tubert as she looked to make the cut when she pulled her tee shot to the left side rough. Forced to hit a wedge back onto the fairway, she left herself a makeable green in regulation with another short iron. Her third shot landed on the edge of the green and rolled back to the fringe and gave her a makeable chip and putt for par and a two-day score of even par. Tubert is tied for 49th overall and well inside the cutline of top 70 players plus ties. Former Razorback Stacy Lewis was two-under par on Saturday and is tied for fourth overall with a two-day score of seven-under par. Lewis is two strokes off the pace of Amy Yang and Yani Tseng who are tied for the top spot at nine-under par. Tubert is scheduled to tee off at 9:50 a.m. for her final round while Lewis starts at 11:20 a.m.



Sports Category : Golf (W)