FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The eighth-ranked University of Arkansas women's golf team tees it up this week at the LSU Tiger Classic in Baton Rouge, La.
The Razorbacks have placed in the top five in all six events this season and are beginning to solidify the lineup for the championship portion of the season. This week, they face a mostly central region field, entering the tournament as the top-ranked team this week.
Arkansas is coming off a tie for fifth place last week at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and returned home looking to sharpen up on a couple little things.
"Each week we look deeply into our stats and see where we could save some shots and we set up practices to work on that," Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. "We are getting ready to go two in a row and head into a heavy part of our season so it is important for us to have good preparation."
The Razorbacks face six Southeastern Conference opponents in this week's field seeing No. 18 Georgia, No. 36 Kentucky, No. 30 and host LSU, No. 48 Ole Miss, No. 59 Missouri and No. 29 Tennessee just a month before the SEC Championship in Birmingham, Ala.
In addition, Arkansas takes on No. 43 Florida State, No. 117 ULM, No. 20 North Carolina State, No. 60 TCU, No. 25 Tulane, No. 85 UNC-Wilmington and No. 52 Wake Forest this week.
Estes-Taylor sends an experienced lineup into action this week headlined by freshman Gabriela Lopez who is ranked No. 29 in the country this week. Two-time All-American Emily Tuburt, junior Emma Lavy, senior Victoria Vela and freshman Regina Plasencia round out the traveling five.
"We played there (at LSU) in 2011 so Mike (Adams, assistant coach) and I have a really good handle on what to expect," Estes-Taylor said. "Emily, Victoria and Emma have played it as well. We created practices this week and worked on hole locations that we saw there in 2011 that were tricky. Blessings is a great tool to help us prepare for a golf course like this. We'll have a practice round on Thursday and everyone will get a chance to work through some things."
Arkansas has a quick turnaround traveling to the Bryan Collegiate March 29-31, in Brown's Summit, N.C., before beginning preparations for the SEC Championship April 19-21.
"Each week we put ourselves in contention to win when we tee it up," Estes-Taylor said. "This team works really hard and continue to learn each time they play."
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