TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arkansas freshman Emily Tubert fired a four-under 140 (68-72) and is tied for the lead after two rounds of the MountainView Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz., Friday.
Tubert helped No. 12 Arkansas into a tie for second after one day and two rounds with a 578. The Burbank, Calif., native opened with a first round two-under 68. She played her first nine two-under with a pair of birdies and dropped to three-under with a birdie on the 11th hole. She bogeyed 13 but dropped strokes on the 15th and 18th holes.
Her second round got out to a tough start with back-to-back bogeys on the first and second holes but she quickly rallied moving to even at the turn. She finished the second round of the day with an even par 72.
"Emily continues to do good things on the golf course," Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. "She had a very balanced round and finished strong."
Seniors Kelli Shean and Corinna Rees are tied for 16th overall. Shean, a Cape Town, South Africa native, opened with a one-under 71 and added a 75 for 146 after two rounds. Rees went 72-74 on the day for146.
Sophomore Victoria Vela and redshirt freshman Emma Lavy are tied for 31st after play on Friday. The duo carded identical rounds with 75 on the first 18 and 73 to finish with 148.
"We have two more rounds under our belts and have put ourselves in position to challenge for with win in the final round," Estes-Taylor said. "We’re going to go out and finish strong and see what happens Saturday."
Fourteenth-ranked Iowa State leads the field with a seven-under 569 followed by Arkansas and No. 24 Oklahoma who are tied for second with 578.
Host and No. 28 Colorado is fourth with 583 and No. 39 Minnesota is fifth with 585. The rest of the field includes a two-way tie for sixth with Missouri and Texas Text in the clubhouse with 591. Texas State is eighth with 593, followed by San Jose State with 597. There is a three-way tie for 10th with Gonzaga, Kansas State and Wyoming all scoring a 602. Oregon State is 13th with 606 followed by Colorado State with 608, Indiana with 611 and Nebraska in 16th place with 614.
Play concludes with a shotgun start Saturday morning in the final round.