Walt Beazley

Lopez, Plasencia Earn SEC Honor

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas juniors Gabriela Lopez and Regina Plasencia earned first and second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors, respectively, the league office announced today.

Lopez, a Mexico City, Mexico, native, and Plasencia, a Guadalajara, Mexico, native, are each making their third career appearances on the all-conference teams.

Lopez leads the Razorbacks with a 71.76 stroke average and an .867 winning percentage this season.  She has posted 15 par or better rounds and has four top 10 finishes as a junior.  Lopez has a career average of 72.61 and she is ranked ninth in the nation by Golfweek.com.  According to Golfweek.com, Lopez has 29 head-to-head wins over top-25 opponents and 63 against the top-50.

Plasencia ranks second on the team with a 73.16 stroke average and four top-10 finishes this season.  She has a career stroke average of 74.35 and won her first individual title at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic this spring. Plasencia is the 34th-ranked player according to Golfweek.com and has 25 head-to-head wins over top-25 opponents and 45 against the top-50.

The selections are the 30th and 31st SEC honors for Razorback women’s golf.  Lopez was a member of the SEC All-Freshman Team and the All-SEC Second-Team in 2013 and earned first-team honors as a sophomore last season.

Plasencia was a member of the 2013 SEC All-Freshman team and was a second-team selection last year.

Next week, the Razorbacks duo led Arkansas into the postseason at the 2015 NCAA Regional Championship at Entrada At Snow Canyon Country Club, in St. George, Utah.  Arkansas is making its 14th NCAA Regional appearance and its 13th consecutive trip in program history.  Arkansas has been to a Regional in each of Estes-Taylors seasons as an assistant and head coach for the Razorbacks.

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