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Tubert, Vela go low

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Tubert, Vela go low

Athens, Ga. — Sophomore Emily Tubert and junior Victoria Vela went low for the University of Arkansas and the Razorbacks moved up the leaderboard in second round action at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga., Saturday. Arkansas improved by 17 strokes over their first round total shooting a second-day 291. They are 10th overall with a 596 (305-291). “Obviously it was a much better day today,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. “We had a great team meeting last night and I really challenged the team to go out with determination and to trust their preparation and they did that. We turned at seven under and had a chance to be really low today.” Tubert, a Burbank, Calif., native, shot a two-under 70 on the par 72 UGA Golf Course. Tubert opened on the 10th hole and played the back nine two under with birdies on 12 and 18. She was even on the front nine and is in the clubhouse with a 142 (72-70) and in a tie for ninth place. Vela, a Mansfield, Texas, native, shaved five strokes off her first round total with an even par 72 in the second round. Vela played the back two-under and was two-over on the front nine for her 72 and is tied for 34th with a 149. The day was a good one with all five players lowering their scores. Sophomore Emma Lavy moved into a tie for 45th with 151 including rounds of 77-74. Freshman Hally Leadbetter and sophomore Emily Podzielinski are tied for 71st overall. Leadbetter carded rounds of 79-77 and Podzielinski shot 81-75 and both are in the clubhouse with a 156. “Vicky did a great job today and Emily (Tubert) made a 20-footer on the last hole to finish two-under,” said Estes-Taylor. “Hally, Emma and Pods really ham-and-egged it well today to get us scores that counted. We are looking forward to tomorrow and climbing the leaderboard. We want to come out firing and finish on a good note heading into SECs.” Second-ranked Alabama continues to lead the field with a 565 and is 11-under for the event. Host and No. 2 Georgia is second with 572 followed by No. 27 South Carolina with 577, No. 33 Purdue with 582 and No. 30 Virginia and No. 17 Florida in a tie for fifth with 584. The rest of the field includes No. 25 Michigan State is seventh with 587 followed by No. 4 Auburn with 589, Notre Dame with 593, No. 37 Arkansas with 596, No. 49 Kent State and No. 47 Wake Forest are tied for 11th with 599, No. 28 Florida State and No. 24 Oklahoma tied for 13th with 600, No. 38 Denver with 608, Missouri with 615, Augusta State with 619 and Georiga’s B team in 18th with 614. Play for the Liz Murphey concludes Sunday. Arkansas returns home hosting the 2012 SEC Championship April 20-22, at Blessings Golf Course.



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