Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll.
UA women falter
Gabby Lopez hits from the first tee on Friday, June 21, 2013, during the first round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers.
No. 4 Arkansas rallied late at the NCAA Central Regional on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla., but came up two shots short of being in position to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
The Razorbacks shot a 12-over-par 300 to finish at 40 over in the 54-hole regional, which was won by No. 3 UCLA by 17 strokes at 11 over. No. 9 Alabama was second at 28 over.
Arkansas was the only team ranked in the top 10 that failed to advance. The Razorbacks were two shots behind No. 21 Florida, the last of the eight teams to make the cut, which advanced over host Oklahoma State in a tiebreaker.
The other qualifiers were Mississippi State (29 over), California (30 over), Ohio State (35 over), Kansas (35 over) and Arizona (37 over).
Sophomore Gaby Lopez fired a 2-over 74 in the final round to finish at 6 over and tied for 19th place. Sophomore Reginia Plasencia followed her 69 on Friday with a 73 to finish at 7 over and tied for 22nd.
Freshman Summer Roachell tied for 38th at 12 over, while senior Emily Tubert tied for 51st at 15 over and senior Emma Lavy was at 31 over.
Kent State’s Wad Phaewchimplee earned medalist honors with a 7-under 209, five shots better than Dana Finkelstein of UNLV.
The NCAA Championships will be played May 20-23 at the Tulsa Country Club.