CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The fourth-ranked University of Arkansas rallied in the second and third rounds for a second-place finish at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C., Sunday.
Arkansas opened play with a first-round 302 and was tied for 11th place overall Friday. The Razorbacks shot 287 and 291 in the second and third rounds, respectfully, finishing second in the 18-team field with an 880. It is the third consecutive top-5 finish in the three fall events.
Senior Regina Plasencia paced the team finishing tied for 11th overall. The Guadalajara, Mexico, native shot 219 with rounds of 76-70-73 on the par-72 UNC Finley Golf Course.
Sophomore Alana Uriell was one-under in the final round and moved up the leaderboard to tie for 14th overall. Uriell shot 75-75-71=221. She tied senior Gabriela Lopez who shot 75-72-74=221. Junior Summar Roachell tied for 18th overall shooting 76-72-74=222 and freshman Cara Gorlei tied for 29th overall with a 224 that included rounds of 78-73-73.
From Shauna Estes-Taylor
I’m really proud of this complete team effort this week. We dug ourselves a huge hole to climb out of after day one and the team responded to the challenge. This was a strong field and to make the move we did in the last two rounds gives me a great glimpse into what these young ladies are made of. I’m encouraged by this finish, but know we must return home hungry to improve for San Antonio. This is team has unlimited potential and I’m excited for our next opportunity to be tested.
T11 Regina Plasencia 76-70-73=219
T14 Gabriela Lopez 75-72-74=221
T14 Alana Uriell 75-75-71=221
T18 Summar Roachell 76-72-74=222
T29 Cara Gorlei 78-73-73=224
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