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Tubert, Razorbacks host SEC Golf Championship

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Tubert, Razorbacks host SEC Golf Championship

FAYETTEVILLE — Sophomore Emily Tubert and the University of Arkansas women’s golf team tee it up at 9:20 a.m. Friday hosting the 2012 Southeastern Conference Championship at Blessings Golf Course. The 12-team, three-day event features some of the nation’s best teams including the Razorbacks but Arkansas isn’t worried about their competition. Tubert is joined by junior Victoria Vela, sophomores Emma Lavy and Emily Podzielinski and freshman Hally Leadbetter this weekend. “We feel awfully privileged to bring the SEC Championship to Fayetteville, Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. “The last time it was here I was a senior in college at it was at Pinnacle. It’s fun to be on the other side of it this year.” Tubert, a sophomore from Burbank, Calif., is a contender for the individual title on her home course. She ranks fourth in the nation according to Golfstat.com and second in the SEC behind Alabama’s Brooke Pancake. “I feel like we have been preparing a long time for this,” Tubert said. “Shauna was talking about this when she recruited me and now it is here.” Arkansas opens postseason play ranked No. 36 in the country and while that is a solid accomplishment, the Razorbacks know they will have their hands full with one of the best fields outside the national championship. Joining Arkansas at Blessings is second-ranked Alabama, No. 5 Auburn, No. 7 LSU, No. 9 Georgia, No. 13 Tennessee, No. 15 Florida and No. 24 South Carolina. In addition to the challenging field, the golf course will test even the best of players. “Blessings is a championship style golf course,” said Estes-Taylor. “It is very demanding and requires a lot of planning and strategy.” Those thoughts were echoed by Tubert. “It is one of the hardest courses I’ve ever played,” Tubert said. “It is visually intimidating and demands your full attention and focus. You have to play really smart golf. You can miss shots but you have to know where to miss and what to do once you get there.” Despite all of the apparent pressures the Razorbacks face, Arkansas doesn’t appear worried. In fact, they seem very comfortable. “Our women’s golf team has never won an SEC Championship and to have the opportunity to win it at home would make it even more special,” Estes-Taylor said. “Our preparation gives us comfort and we don’t feel any added pressure because we are hosting this event. We are prepared and ready to go.” The event begins at 8 a.m. Friday-Sunday and is free and open to the public.



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