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May 9, 2013

Arkansas junior tied for lead at NCAA regional

Phoenix wire reports

AUBURN, Ala. – University of Arkansas junior Emma Lavy fired a career-best 67 and came off the golf course tied for the lead with the Razorbacks tied for second at the 2013 NCAA East Regional in Auburn, Ala., Thursday.

Lavy and the Razorbacks’ five-under 283 was good for a tie for second place at the end of the day with Tulane. Alabama posted an 11-under 277 to have the lead while UCLA (288), Texas (289) and Oklahoma State (290) and North Carolina (290) round out the top six.

“Obviously it was a tremendous round of golf from Emma today,” Arkansas coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said.  “She just stayed really poised and focused on one shot at a time, stuff we have talked about all year long.  She did a really great job of executing each shot.”

OSU was led by Julie Yang, who fired a 2-under 70 to stand in a five-way tie for ninth place. Josephine Janson and Jayde Panos each posted even-par 72s to come in tied for 21st place. Kelsey Vines and Lauren Falley shared 65th place after posting 4-over 76s.

Tulsa golfer Shu-Yin Liu carded a three-under par 69 in her first round and sits in a tie for seventh while teammate Kristina Merkle had an opening round of one-over par 73 and is tied for 35th place.

Central Regional

NORMAN – Emily Collins picked a heck of a time for her first bogey-free round in competition.

Collins shot a 5-under-par 67 Thursday to lead the Sooners to a second-place standing after the first round of the 24-team NCAA Central Regional in Norman.

OU carded a 5-under 283 at its own 6,298-yard, par-72 Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club and trails Florida by one shot. It leads third-place Duke by a stroke and fourth-place TCU by eight shots.

Collins’ performance broke her previous collegiate low by two strokes and was good enough to lead the 126-player field. She birdied holes 3, 5, 11, 13 and 16, and has a one-shot advantage over Florida’s Elcin Ulu. Five others are two shots behind Collins.

Also counting toward OU’s team score were Anne-Catherine Tanguay (71), Chirapat Jao-Javanil (72) and Kaitlyn Rohrback (73).

“I’m really happy,” said fourth-year OU coach Veronique Drouin-Luttrell. “I think we played really solid. We haven’t played this well in a little while, so it was nice to see and will be good for the girls’ confidence.

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