RIO DEL MAR, Puerto Rico – Junior Gabriela Lopez fired a first round 69 helping the fourth-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team into the lead after round one action at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Del Mar, Puerto Rico, Sunday.
Lopez’s three-under 69 is three strokes back of the lead on day one of the first event this spring. The Mexico City, Mexico, native opened strong turning three under with a three on the par five fourth hole. She added back-to-back birdies on the front nine as part of her good start.
The Razorbacks finished with a two-over 290 and have a one-stroke lead on No. 28 Kent State who is in the clubhouse with a 291.
Sophomore Summar Roachell shot an even par 72 and is tied for eighth overall. Roachell turned one over but dropped to one-under with birdies on the 11th and 15th holes. She gave one stroke back on No. 16 to finish even for the day. Junior Regina Plasencia is tied for 20th overall shooting a two-over 74 in the first round.
Freshman Jordy LaBarbera is tied for 28th with a first-round 75 while sophomore Kalyi Quinton is tied for 55th shooting 79 Sunday. Sophomore transfer Samantha Marks, competing as an individual, is tied for 44th with a first round 77.
QUOTABLE – @Estes-Taylor
I’m really proud of our start. It was the first round of the spring season and it’s nice to see the team do some really good stuff out there. Gaby was really solid today and it was a good round by Summar as well. Jordy did a nice job of just grinding and getting the ball in the hole and Reginia had to work hard today and did a nice job all day. We finished round one in good position and we are looking forward to two more rounds of executing our game plan and taking care of business.
|T45.||Samantha Marks (Ind.)||+5||77|
#LPRClassic Results (Golfstat.com rankings)