AUBURN, Ala. – University of Arkansas freshman Emily Tubert fired a first-round 69 in her first Southeastern Conference Women’s Golf Championship in Auburn, Ala., Friday.
Tubert paced the No. 12 Razorbacks to fourth overall with a 289, just six strokes out of the lead at the Auburn University Club. Arkansas held the lead as a team at the turn but the wind picked up with the threat of several weather looming.
The Razorbacks didn’t adjust as quickly as they wanted and gave up a couple shots on the back nine.
"Overall it was a pretty good day," Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. "We got out to a hot start today on the front nine which I think is the more difficult side, but as we turned the wind picked up and we struggled a little big coming down the stretch. This is the type of golf course that you can improve on the more you play and we have a couple rounds under our belts now."
Tuburt paced Arkansas with a first-round 69 and is tied for second overall, trailing the leader by three strokes. Tubert carded three birdies on the front nine and had three more on the back but three back-nine bogies thanks, in part, to wind saw her scorecard change.
Senior Kelli Shean and sophomore Victoria Vela are tied for 19th overall. Both players posted one-over 73s on the par 72, 6,364-yard course. Redshirt freshman Emma Lavy was solid shooting a two-over 74 and is tied for 26th while senior Corinna Rees is tied for 29th with a three-over 75.
Host and 17th-ranked Auburn leads the field after the first round. The Tigers are in the clubhouse with a five-under 283. Fourteenth-ranked Tennessee is second with 285 and No. 8 LSU snuck up overtaking Arkansas for third with a 287. The Razorbacks are fourth with 289 followed by No. 3 Alabama in fifth with 291. The rest of the field includes No. 11 Georgia in sixth with 292, No. 21 Vanderbilt in seventh with 295, No. 26 Florida in eights with 301, No. 37 South Carolina in ninth with 302, Kentucky and Mississippi State are tied for 10th with 315 and No. 41 Ole Miss rounds out the field in 12th place with 316.
"We have put ourselves in a position to win the championship and that’s where we wanted to be after the first round," Estes-Taylor said. "We’re going to come out tomorrow and go for it in the second round."
Play continues through Sunday.