FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas sophomore Emily Tubert continues to refine her game and get better each time she picks up her clubs and her efforts were rewarded earning Southeastern Conference First-Team honors, the league office announced today. “From day one, Emily has been one of the top competitors in what I believe is the toughest women’s golf conference in the country,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. “Every week she puts herself into a position to compete and win. I’m so proud of her and the way she has stayed committed this year despite not having a victory just yet. She is driven to perform at a high level, and for her to receive this honor shows the respect that people have for her game. She is not only an outstanding golfer, but she is an outstanding student as well. She is the complete student-athlete and a dream kid to have on your team. This award is much deserved and I’m excited to watch her finish off our season on a strong note.” Tubert is an SEC First-Team selection for the second consecutive year. She earned first-team honors, selection to the SEC All-Freshman Team and was SEC Co-Freshman of the Year in 2010-11. Tubert is currently ranked fourth in the nation in the Golfstat.com rankings and second in the NCAA in the Golfweek.com rankings. She ranks first in the SEC rankings following the SEC Championship last week with a 72.22 stroke average this season. In her second season of collegiate golf, Tubert opened with ties for 16th and 15th place, respectively, then shot closer to the top of the leaderboard tying for seventh at the Mercedes-Benz SEC/Pac 12 Challenge. Tubert posted back to back 217s (Lady Tar Heel and the Mercedes) and played three of the four fall events at six over for nine rounds. Tubert missed the final fall event representing Team USA and helping them to a gold medal at The Spirit International in Trinity, Texas. She returned to the Razorback lineup shooting her way to a second-place finish with a one-under 215 at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic kicking off the spring. Tubert picked up a tie for fourth and a tie for third at the SunTrust Invitational and the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic, respectively. She posted a season-best 210 (72-70-68) at the SunTrust and shot a five-under 211 (72-70-69) at Liz. In her most recent event, the Burbank, Calif., native finished third at the 2012 SEC Championship rallying from a slow and a tie for 24th after the first round. She improved with rounds of 70-73 for 221, just two strokes off the medalist for the tournament. Tubert was also selected as a member of the USA’s Curtis Cup Team, becoming the third Razorback women’s golfer to earn a spot on the team. Tubert and the No. 35 Razorbacks travel to The Ohio State for NCAA Central Regional action May 10-12. The top eight teams from each of the three Regional sites move on to the NCAA Championship May 23-26, in Nashville, Tenn.