Arkansas tied for eighth after round one
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Arkansas’ 17th women’s golf course tied for eighth after round one at the NCAA Louisville Regional, as the team shot a 299 (+11) over the first 18 holes. The Hogs are tied with UCF and Tennessee, and follow Texas and Auburn for the coveted sixth place finish, which would put them in the NCAA Championship. Florida State is currently leading the event by two under and is the only team under par. Seminole Amelia Williamson and Emilie Paltrinieri of UCLA are co-leaders at four cents.
“Obviously we got off to a slow start today,” said head coach Shauna Taylor. “I saw a great fight after we made the turn, though, and that got me excited for the next two days. Cory got in the gear for us today and played some great golf. This stuff is a marathon until Wednesday, and I wouldn’t want to do it with another group of young women. They are ready and ready for the rise in the rankings. “
The aforementioned Lopez kept the Hogs in it on the first day of play at Louisville, carding an under-71 in what was his very first NCAA regional round. The Monterrey, Mexico native appears to be advancing at the right time as she was also excellent at the SEC Women’s Golf Championship as she finished that event three under, playing her three rounds at par or below ( 71-70 -72-213). Lopez is only three strokes behind Williamson and Paltrinieri in the individual standings.
Sophomore Ela Anacona joined Lopez in the top-25 of the individual standings, as she shot a first round 74 (+2). Anacona tied Lopez’s team’s leading birdie total, as they shot three of them, including two in their last nine holes. Anacona was a sub after the turn, just one out of Lopez’s pace over the nine seconds.
Junior redshirt Brooke Matthews and sophomore Kajal Mistry each claimed a share of 54e place after 18 holes of play, as both are five points after the first round. Matthews, like Anacona and Lopez, was better after the turn, shooting a 37, including his only birdie of the day at hole three. Mistry, meanwhile, was two points after the turn, carding her only birdie of the day at hole four.
Julia Gregg, who shot an eight on 80 in the first round, completed the Hog lineup. She is currently tied for 87e in law.
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