ATHENS, Ga. – University of Arkansas sophomore Emily Tubert
carded a final round 69 leading the No. 37 Razorback women’s golf team to ninth place at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga., Sunday.
Tubert’s round of 69 tied for the lowest score in the final round and helped the Razorbacks to a final round 290, tying for the third best team round of the day. Arkansas finished with an 886, moving up seven spots from their first round start.
“The last two rounds are exactly what we are looking for,” said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor
. “Emily’s 69 today is fantastic, she birdied two of the last three holes.”
Tubert began play on the 10th tee and turned two-under with birdies on the 14th and 18th holes. She bogeyed two but picked up birdies on the seventh and eighth holes coming in.
Tubert opened play with an even par 72, followed by a 70 an d69 for a 211 and a tie for third over, just two strokes behind the medalist.
Also stepping up with big play this week was junior Victoria Vela
. The Mansfield, Texas, native tied for 33rd overall with a 223 that included rounds of 77-72-74.
“I’m really proud of Vicky this week,” said Estes-Taylor. “It’s great to see her get her stride back. She has such good intensity and she brings that to the group and that’s so powerful. She’s been working hard and I’m glad to see that pay off for her on the course.”
Vela’s scorecard was filled with 16 pars and just two bogeys on the first and 17th holes.
Sophomore Emma Lavy
finished 46th overall with a 225 with rounds of 77-74-74. Redshirt sophomore Emily Podzielinski
tied for 56th with a 229 (81-75-73) and freshman Hally Leadbetter
rounded out the Razorback scores finishing tied for 59th with 230 (79-77-74).
“Emily’s (Podzielinski) 73 is fantastic out of our fifth spot,” said Estes-Taylor. “We had to drop a 74 today and that’s a great number to throw out. We had a rough first day but we responded so well and I’m really excited about going into the SEC Championship in a couple of weeks.”
Arkansas hosts the 2012 SEC Championship at Blessings April 20-22.
Second-ranked Alabama hung on to win the tournament shooting 854 for the three-day event. Their second and third round scores (576) were just five strokes better than the Razorbacks (581).
Host and No. 9 Georgia was second with 866 followed by No. 17 Florida with 867, No. 30 Virginia with 873, No. 27 South Carolina with 875, No. 33 Purdue with 878, No. 4 Auburn with 879 and No. 25 Michigan State with 881.
The Razorbacks’ 886 was six better than 10th-place Notre Dame with 892. The rest of the field included No. 24 Oklahoma with 895, No. 47 Wake Forest, No. 28 Florida State with 897, No. 49 Kent State with 901, No. 38 Denver with 907, Augusta State with 992, Missouri with 925 and Georgia’s B team in 18th with 935.