Showcasing natural talent on the golf course

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    RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- Two Arkansas golfers seem to have a natural talent for golf and their hard work is getting recognized on the national scene.

    Rebecka Surtevall plays golf at Arkansas Tech University. She's only a sophomore and is already a two time player of the year in the GAC. She's headed to Daytona Beach to play in one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in college sports, the NCAA Division II Championship.

    Surtevall qualified for the tournament following a final-round 77 to capture the overall Super Region 3 Championship on May 7, 2013. She led Arkansas Tech to a seventh-place finish that weekend at St. Joseph Country Club.

    Although, she's from Sweden, Surtevall says her time in Russellville has made her the player she is now.

    "It just has been great. I mean, Tech is a wonderful school and I have so much fun. And I have so much good support from my team and my coach and my assistant coaches. It's really, really been great. I don't really know what to say about it. It's a challenge and I'm ready to handle that and attack that," Surtevall says.

    Another sophomore, Harding's Emily Plyler is also headed to the NCAA Division II Championship. In a one-hole playoff, Plyler finished tied for sixth with a score of 239 at the NCAA Division II Central Region Championship on May 7th.

    Surtevall and Plyler will compete Wednesday, May 15 through Saturday, May 18 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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