BOULDER CITY, Nev. – University of Arkansas freshman Emily Tubert fired a school record nine-under 63 leading the No. 19 Razorbacks to a 12-under school record 276 in the first round of the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, in Boulder City, Nev.
The Burbank, Calif., native’s 63 betters a pair of 66s recorded by former Razorback All-American and current LPGA professional Stacy Lewis. Both of Lewis’ rounds came in the NCAA Championships.
"When Emily’s got it going, she is one of the best I’ve ever seen," said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. "When she is firing, that is what she’s capable of. It was awesome to watch."
Tubert and the Razorbacks lead the 17-team field with all five players in the top 25. Tuburt played the front nine three under with birdies on the fourth, fifth and ninth holes. She added four more birdies on the 11, 12, 14 and 16th holes and had an eagle counting a three on the par 5 13th hole, playing the back nine six-under.
While Tubert’s round was record-setting, senior Kelli Shean’s three-under 69 was equally amazing. Sheen played her eighth round of golf in nine days coupled with flights to and from Argentina this week.
The Cape Town, South Africa, native represented her home country at the 2010 World Amateur Team Championship where she tied for fourth place overall last week. She returned to the States meeting the team in Nevada for this tournament.
Shean was one-under on the front and two-under on the back nine Monday. She is tied for third after the first round.
"Kelli is running on fumes but really battled out there," Estes-Taylor said. "She is an awesome champion and gave it her all today."
Sophomore Victoria Vela posted her second lowest collegiate round with a one-under 71 and is tied for eighth overall. Vela had a pair of birdies and a bogey Monday.
"Vickie is a bulldog grinder," Estes-Taylor said. "She just goes out and gets it done."
Redshirt freshman Emma Lavy added a one-over 73 to tie for 16th and senior Corinna Rees was plus-two with a 74 to tie for 26th after the first round.
Sophomore Meagan Roberts, competing as an individual, finished tied for 89th Monday with an 82.
As a team, the Razorbacks’ 12-under 276 is 19 strokes better than second place No. 34 Louisville, No. 11 Arizona and No. 33 Washington who are all tied with 295.
Colorado State and No. 26 Kent State are tied for fifth with 296, followed by No. 40 and host UNLV in seventh with 297. Missouri and No. 25 Oregon are tied for eighth with a 298 and No. 43 Minnesota rounds out the top 10 with a 12-over 300.
The three-day event continues through Wednesday.