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. Murphy was the 2017 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Razorbacks draw Louisville regional
Arkansas golfer Brooke Matthews waits to putt on the first hole green Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, during the third day of the inaugural Blessings Collegiate Invitational at the Blessings Golf Club in Johnson.
The No. 13 University of Arkansas women’s golf team drew what looks like the toughest of the four NCAA regionals, being sent to the 18-team Louisville Regional on Wednesday.
The regional, which is scheduled for May 10-12 at the University of Louisville Golf Club in Simpsonville, Ky., will feature overall No. 1 South Carolina, which won half of its eight events this season, as well as four other top 15 teams. Also headed to Louisville are No. 9 Florida State, No. 11 Auburn, and No. 15 Texas.
The Razorbacks are playing in their 14th consecutive NCAA Regional under Coach Shauna Taylor.
“We have an incredible group of young women who have worked extremely hard since August and have had to adapt, adjust, and be disciplined to achieve success in all areas this year,” Taylor said. “This team has embraced the challenges and I know they will be up for the challenge in Kentucky.”
The rest of the field in Louisville, in seed order: Texas Tech, UCLA, Michigan State, Central Florida, Tennessee, North Florida, Louisville, Texas-San Antonio, Mercer, College of Charleston, Xavier, James Madison, and Farleigh Dickinson.
Coach Shauna Taylor’s club qualified for the eight-team match play at the SEC Championships two weeks ago and was eliminated by No. 1 seed LSU in the quarterfinals.
The top six teams from each of four NCAA regionals, as well as the low three individual players from teams who do not advance, will compete at the NCAA Championships in Scottsdale, Ariz., on May 21-26.
The other hosting schools and sites: LSU at the University Club in Baton Rouge, La.; Ohio State at the Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio; and Stanford at the Stanford (Ca.) Golf Course.
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