TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arkansas freshman Emily Tubert fired a five-under 67 winning the MountainView Collegiate and leading the No. 12 Razorbacks to third place overall Saturday in Tucson, Ariz.
Tubert opened play Friday with a 68-72 and added a 67 for a 207, winning by five strokes. Tubert was three under after the first nine holes with birdies on three, six and seven. She picked up three more on 10, 11 and 15 with just one bogey on her scorecard.
The victory is the Burbank, Calif., native’s third collegiate win. Tubert’s nine under 207 in a MountainView record besting three others who played seven under. Her final round 67 tied the best individual round in tournament history.
"What can I say about Emily?" head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. "She is just so solid fundamentally and continues to learn and grow as a student-athlete. She had such a good tournament and really finished strong and that’s something we work on. This young lady has a really bright future and it’s fun to watch her play."
Redshirt freshman Emma Lavy moved up the leaderboard finishing tied for 12th overall. Lavy finished with a 70 for a 218 (75-73-70) improving with each round.
Senior Corinna Rees ended play tied for 19th overall with a 219. Rees opened play Friday with a 72 and added rounds of 74-73 for her final score. Senior Kelli Shean finished tied for 36th with a 223 (71-75-77) and sophomore Victoria Vela was tied for 39th overall with a 224 (75-73-76).
"We often talk about golf being a marathon and not a sprint," Estes-Taylor said. "We put ourselves in a good position with the first and second rounds and had a chance to make a move on the last day. Although we didn’t move up, we played well and finished. This helps us set up for a good week of practice and to get ready for the next event."
As a team, the Razorbacks posted the second-best round in the final day of play with a 286. Arkansas shot 286-292-286 for an 864.
Iowa State, ranked No. 14, won the event leading wire-to-wire with an 857. Number 24 Oklahoma was second with 863, followed by No. 12 Arkansas at 864, No. 28 Colorado with 873 and No. 39 Minnesota rounding out the top five with an 883.
The rest of the field included Texas Tech with 887, Texas State with 889, Missouri with 891, San Jose State with 893, Nebraska with 898, Colorado State with 899, Gonzaga with 902, Oregon State with 903, Kansas State with 904, Indiana with 907, Wyoming with 910, Kansas at 912 and Baylor with a 921.
"Overall it was a pretty solid week for us," Estes-Taylor said. "It was a golf course full of birdies. We made a few little mistakes and gosh, our putters just weren’t hot this week but he team did a good job staying in it and I’m really proud of the group effort. We are doing a lot of awesome things. I’m really excited about our level of play and where we are right now."
Arkansas returns to action April 1-3, at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga.