No. 1 Arkansas wins again

By: Tom Murphy
Published: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Arkansas Razorbacks junior Alana Uriell practices on the practice putting green Wednesday, June 21, 2017, during the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers.
Photo by Jason Ivester
Arkansas Razorbacks junior Alana Uriell practices on the practice putting green Wednesday, June 21, 2017, during the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers.

The No. 1 ranked Arkansas Razorbacks women’s golf team wrapped up a dominating fall campaign with a runaway victory in tough conditions on Tuesday at the Maryb S. Kauth Invitational in San Antonio, Texas.

The Razorbacks, led by senior Alana Uriell, shot an even-par 288 on Tuesday to finish at 22-under, 18 strokes ahead of Texas A&M and TCU, which tied for second place. Arkansas defended its 2016 championship at the tournament, which is hosted by Texas-San Antonio.

“I’m really proud of our group,” Coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said after the third-best tournament score in Arkansas history. “It was a tough golf course today with the wind blowing, but we persevered.

“It says a lot about this group of young ladies and their fight. It is the best fall we’ve had since I’ve been at Arkansas and we are heading in the right direction. I also know that we have things we can tidy up to keep improving.”

The Razorbacks won three of their four fall tournaments, also capturing the Mason Rudolph Championship and the Annika Intercollegiate, and finished fourth in the 18-team Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational. It is the third time in school history Arkansas has won three tournaments in a season.

Uriell, the 2016 medalist at the Maryb S. Kauth, kept her hot streak going with a 4-under par 68, which included six birdies, to lead the Razorbacks. Uriell, of Carlsbad, Calif., carded back-to-back 68s after an opening round 72 and tied for second place with Texas A&M’s Maddie Szeryk, one stroke behind medalist Connie Jaffrey of Kansas State.

Arkansas’ Dylan Kim finished alone in fifth place with a score of 5 under. Junior Maria Fassi tied for sixth place at 4 under with Auburn’s Kelli Murphy.

Junior Cara Gorlei tied for 17th place at 3 over par, and junior Kaylee Benton tied for 28th at 4 over. Arkansas freshman Maria Hoyos, playing as an individual, also shot 4 over for the tourney after a second-consecutive 2-under 70.

Denver finished in fourth place, 28 shots behind the Razorbacks at 6 over, followed by Oklahoma (+9), Houston (+10), Kansas State (+14), Maryland (+16), Auburn (+19) and host Texas-San Antonio (+23) in the top 10.

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