Championship Season Begins On The Links

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –  The 14th-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team begins postseason play this week traveling to Birmingham, Alabama for the 2017 Southeastern Conference Championship at Greystone Golf and Country Club.


The three-day event returns to the Legacy Course at Greystone for the fifth consecutive year beginning on Friday.


Arkansas has one team title, two individual titles and four top-4 finishes this season. Although the Razorbacks have already gone toe-to-toe with some very talented fields, the SEC Championship will be one of the deepest that Arkansas faces all year.


However, the battle-tested Razorbacks return to the links with an experienced lineup, one that gives them the best chance to win a championship. Junior Alana Uriell leads the team with a 72.23 stroke average. The Carlsbad, California native captured her first collegiate victory in the final event of the fall.


Sophomore Maria Fassi is next with a 73.41 stroke average. Fassi led Arkansas with a 1-under 215 at last year’s event finishing tied for fifth overall in her first SEC Championship.


Newcomer Kaylee Benton has given Arkansas a lift this season. The UNLV transfer grew up in Arkansas, returned to her home state, and is averaging 73.50 as a sophomore. She has been the Razorbacks’ low finisher in two events this season.


Sophomore Cara Gorlei has also played in all eight events this year and checks in with a 73.82 stroke average. Lone senior Summar Roachell rounds out the Razorback lineup. The Conway, Arkansas, native is making her fourth SEC Championship appearance with the Razorbacks.


The Field


Alabama               1                            1

Arkansas             14                          12

Auburn                40                          39

Florida                  7                            6

Georgia                8                            7

Kentucky             53                          50

LSU                    69                          65

Ole Miss              68                          69

Mississippi State  59                          58

Missouri              54                          55

South Carolina     11                          11

Tennessee          32                          33

Texas A&M          21                          23

Vanderbilt            62                          59



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