FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas sophomore Gabriela Lopez earned Women’s Golf Coaches Association First-Team All-America honors the organization announced today.
It is Lopez’s first selection to the All-America team.
Lopez, a native of Mexico City, Mexico, paced Arkansas to a program-best No. 4 ranking this season. She opened the year with a 215 to tie for 17th at the NCAA Preview shooting 72-73-70 against one of the toughest fields of the fall. Lopez went two-under with 72-68 in the rain-shortened Mercedes Benz to tie for second and was one-under with a 215 at the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational to tie for eighth. Lopez remained under par with a three-under 213 with rounds of 73-68-72 to tie for seventh overall at the Alamo Invitational as she played the four fall events one-under.
Her success continued in the spring with Lopez picked up a third-place finish in Puerto Rico and winning the stroke play title at the Liz Murphey Collegiate. She also rallied winning a one-hole playoff at LSU for the individual title helping Arkansas to the team title. Lopez went into the SEC Championship playing well and finished tied for second overall at the league event with a one-over 217 at Greystone. She capped the season at the NCAA Central Regional carding a 71 in the second round finishing with five birdies in the final six holes.
Lopez was selected to the SEC First-Team, her second All-SEC honor, and finished the year with a team-best 72.85 stroke average and has a 72.87 career average.
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