ATHENS, Ga. – University of Arkansas freshman Emily Tubert finished second helping the No. 12 Razorbacks move up six spots for a fourth place finish at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga., Sunday.
Tubert, a Burbank, Calif., native finished with a third round three-under 69, the third-lowest round of the day. She paired that with a 72-73 for 214, just two strokes behind the winner.
Tubert paced Arkansas to a final round 277, 11-under par, tying No. 28 Florida for the lowest team score of Sunday’s play and for the tournament. The Razorbacks finished with a final score 869 under the experimental scoring format and were just one stroke out of second place.
"We had a fantastic day of golf," Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. "It was a great way to end the regular season. We shot 11-under in this format and I think that would have been four or five under with the traditional scoring and that’s great on this golf course and against this field.
"Emily was solid today," Estes-Taylor said. "She is rock solid when she’s under the gun and she really pulled it out today."
The Razorbacks took part in a new format for this weekend’s event at the UGA Golf Course. All five players played in a group, promoting the team element of college golf and giving each player’s score a chance to count for each hole. Each team’s score for each hole was determined by the low four scores on that hole. This is a variation from the traditional format of three players from different teams having a tee time and playing together.
Senior Kelli Shean burst up the leaderboard moving from a tie for 51st to a tie for 11th overall with a final round 68. Shean opened with rounds of 78-77 and finished with a 68 for a 223.
Shean opened on the eighth hole and bogeyed the ninth but then picked up five birdies on the 12th, 13th, third, fifth and sixth holes to finish four-under.
"Kelli really came through for us," Estes-Taylor said. "We really need that senior leadership especially coming down the stretch. I’m so proud of her shooting a 68 today."
Redshirt freshman Emma Lavy finished in a tie for 35th overall with a 227 with rounds of 76-75-76 and sophomore Victoria Vela moved up more than 30 places in the final round shooting a 71. Vela finished tied for 63rd overall with 232 shooting 80-81-71 for the tournament.
Senior Corinna Rees rounded out the scoring. Rees moved up to a tie for 95th overall with a 239. Rees shot 80-83-76.
"It was exciting," Estes-Taylor said. "It was exactly the kind of round we wanted to end the regular season on. We have about 10 days to get ready before SECs and I think we’re ready to go."
Second-ranked Alabama won the tournament at the UGA Golf Course. The Crimson Tide finished with a five-under 283 for 860 0 just nine strokes better than the Razorbacks. Fourth-ranked Duke and No. 5 Purdue tied for second with 868, followed by No. 12 Arkansas who was one stroke better than No. 28 Florida who was fifth with 870. Host and No. 13 Georgia tied No. 18 Auburn for sixth with 871, followed by No. 26 Notre Dame with 872, No. 16 Wake Forest with 876 and No. 22 Michigan State with 878.
The rest of the field included No. 29 Ohio State with 879, No. 6 LSU with 880, No. 30 Florida State and No. 7 Virginia with an 883, No. 21 North Carolina with 884, No. 25 Oklahoma with 887, No. 33 Kent State with 891, No. 38 South Carolina with 894, Kentucky in 19th with 900, Furman with 005, Kennesaw State with 906, Georgia State with 915 and No. 32 Chattanooga in 23rd place with 916.
Arkansas returns to the golf course April 15-17, at the SEC Championship hosted by Auburn.