FAYETTEVILLE – The eighth-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team opens the 2013-14 season Monday-Wednesday, taking part in the Dale McNamara NCAA Preview in Tulsa, Okla.
Arkansas is coming off a tie for 13th place at last year’s NCAA Championship and returns four of the five players from that squad. They open the four-event fall season with one of the toughest fields they will face but head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor is ready for the challenge.
“To be the best you have to compete against the best,” Estes-Taylor said. “We are focusing our season on the process of hitting great golf shots. If we focus on the things we can control, then the results are a product of one shot at a time. We have an experienced team this year and the addition of a freshman who has played at the highest level. We are excited to get started and know that we will work every day to "Do the Possible".
A pair of seniors lead the charge this week with returning three-time All-American and All-Southeastern Conference selection Emily Tubert always near the top of the leaderboard. Fellow senior Emma Lavy had a very strong junior campaign and has the ability to go low every time she plays.
Sophomores All-SEC Second-Team and All-SEC Freshman Team selection Gabriela Lopez and All-SEC Freshman Team pick Regina Plasencia are back and are also traveling for the first event. Newcomer Summar Roachell qualified for her first tournament as a Razorback and rounds out the traveling squad for this first event.
Defending national champion and No. 1-ranked Southern California leads the15-team field at the Tulsa Country Club next week. The 54-hole, three-day tournament course plays to 6,136 yards and is a par 70. College golf returns to the Tulsa Country Club, which was the host site of the 1999 NCAA Women's Golf Championship, in which Duke held on for the team title. It will also host this year’s National Championship.
“It is great to get a look at the National Championship course,” Estes-Taylor said. “The more times you play a course the better you feel and I know playing here now will help us when we come back at the end of the year.”
The rest of the field includes No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Alabama, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 7 Arizona, No. 9 Vanderbilt, No. 10 Arizona State, No. 13 Tulane, No. 14 Stanford, No. 15 Oklahoma State, No. 16 North Carolina, No. 19 Georgia, No. 21 Texas and No. 62 Tulsa.
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