GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Arkansas freshman Emily Tubert moved up 17 spots on the leaderboard in the final round of the Florida SunTrust Gator Women’s Invitational leading the No. 22 Razorbacks to a fifth-place team finish Monday in Gainesville, Fla.
Tubert began the day in 20th place but vaulted up the standings finishing tied for third overall. The Burbank, Calif., native posted a final round, one-under 69 for a 216 over the three-round event. Tubert shot 76-71-69.
"It was just a great job by Emily today," Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. "She did a great job of coming back and finally found her groove out there. She’s a fighter and really did a nice job with the golf course."
Tubert opened her final round on the first hole and posted a bogey on hole two on the course. She got the stroke back with a three on the par four fifth hole but finished the front nine one-over after counting six on the par five 522-yard seventh hole.
Tubert evened her scorecard on the 11th hole with an eagle on the 129-yard par three and moved to one-under with a three on the par four 17th to finish with a 69.
Senior Corinna Rees started strong coming out of the gates with a 69 in the first round. She finished tied for 21st with a 225 counting 69-75-81.
Senior Kelli Shean tied for 43rd overall with a 231 with rounds of 79-75-77 followed by sophomore Victoria Vela and redshirt freshman Emma Lavy who both tied for 47th overall. Vela carded 76-75-81 and Lavy 77-77-78 for 232.
As a team, the Razorbacks finished with a final round 305 in the windy conditions on the 6,002-yard Mark Bostick Golf Course. Arkansas finished with an 899 (298-296-305).
"I saw some glimpses of good things out there this week," Estes-Taylor said, "but we also have some things we need to come home and tidy up. Florida hosts the SEC Championship on this course in 2013 and it’s a difficult course to play. It was good to get out there and see it. That gives us a good baseline for the future."
Host and No. 34 Florida won the event leading wire-to-wire shooting a 13-over 865. The rest of the top five included No. 38 Florida State in second with 883, No. 30 Ohio State in third with 895 and No. 29 Coloroad in fourth with 896.
The Razorbacks finished two strokes better than No. 11 Iowa State, No. 46 Coastal Carolina and No. 35 Chattanooga who all tied for sixth with 901. August State finished ninth with 911 and No. 28 Kent State shot 913 rounding out the top 10.
The rest of the field included Texas Tech with 914, UCF with 919, Georgia State with 928, James Madison with 937, UNC-Greensboro with 940, Stetson with 946 and Missouri with 947.
The Razorbacks make a quick turn-around departing Wednesday for the LSU Invitational Friday-Sunday. Estes-Taylor will take the same lineup to Baton Rouge, La.
"This team knows what they need to do to get better," Estes-Taylor said. "We are going to go to Baton Rouge on a mission and take care of business."