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Women’s Golf at Stanford

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Women’s Golf at Stanford

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The 24th-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team returns to the links for its final fall event of 2008 traveling to the Stanford Invitational Friday-Sunday. The Razorbacks again face a challenging field on a tough golf course. “I feel really good about heading into Stanford this week,” said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. “We picked up some good momentum after our final two rounds last week in Knoxville and I’m excited about some of the positive things that happened at that event.” Arkansas struggled in its opening round at last week’s Mercedes Benz Intercollegiate but rallied with back-to-back 291s as the Razorbacks vaulted up the leaderboard finishing sixth overall. “We’ve been working on course management all fall and we are looking forward to getting back to the course and building on what has been a good but short week of practice,” said Estes-Taylor. The Razorbacks have faced some of the toughest fields in the four-event fall and the Stanford Invitational is no exception. Also playing this weekend is UCLA (No. 1 in Golfstat/No. 3 in Golfweek), Southern California (No. 2/No. 1), Oklahoma State (No. 5/No. 5), Vanderbilt (No. 6/No. 6) and Duke (No. 9/No. 9) all in the top 10. The rest of the field includes California (No. 15/No. 18), Pepperdine (No. 17/No. 14), Stanford (NR/No. 19), Oregon State (No. 25/NR), Washington (NR/No. 25), Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and UNLV. The Razorbacks have been steady with the lineup this year and the top five remains the same for this week. Making the trip is senior Lucy Nunn, juniors Kristin Ingram and Alex Schulte, sophomore Kelli Shean and freshman Katy Nugent. “Kelli’s ball-striking is there,” said Estes-Taylor of last week’s leader. “If we can get her putts to fall she can go really low. We had a top five finish at Stanford last year and if we drive the ball well and make some putts, we’ll have a chance to win.”



Sports Category : Golf (W)