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‘Morning Drive’ Comes To Campus

FAYETTEVILLE– The Golf Channel is bringing The Morning Drive to the University of Arkansas campus and Northwest Arkansas this week.

The show was in town over the weekend shooting several pieces including interviews with Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long, football coach Bret Bielema, women’s golf coach Shauna Estes-Taylor, former Razorback Stacy Lewis and members of the women’s golf team.  The weekend shoot culminates in the live production of The Morning Drive on the Bentonville square Tuesday morning.

The Golf Channel is in Northwest Arkansas preparing for the Walmart Northwest Arkansas LPGA Championship presented by P&G.

Former Razorback women’s golfer Lisa Cornwell shot interview segments with Bielema in the Smith Center as well as interviews with Estes-Taylor and Lewis at the Blessings that will air as part of the show and as part of the coverage for the event June 22-28.

Razorback junior Gabriela Lopez continues Arkansas’ relationship with the tournament representing the golf team with a sponsor’s exemption for this year’s event.  It is Lopez’s second consecutive invitation to the event.  Teammates junior Regina Plasencia and sophomore Samantha Marks have earned two of the Monday qualifying spots and hope to play their way into the event at Pinnacle Country Club.

The eighth-ranked Razorbacks are making the program’s seventh appearance at the NCAA Championship May 22-27, in Bradenton, Fla.  Lopez, Plasencia and Marks are joined by sophomore Summar Roachell and freshman Alana Uriell in next week’s event.

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