Nunn Schulte Come Up Short In LPGA Qualifier

Arkansas junior Lucy Nunn and sophomore Alex Schulte came up short in their attempts to qualify for a spot in the field at this week’s LPGA NWA Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Arkansas. Schulte’s 2-under par 70 was one stroke short of a forcing a playoff for one of the 2 spots available in Monday’s qualifier. Nunn shot a 80 on 6,239 yard, par 72 layout. Schulte got off to a hot start with a birdie on the first hole and had it to 4-under through 8. A birdie opportunity on the 9th hole turned into a three-putt bogey so she made the turn in 33 strokes at 3-under. Spectacular par saves on 17 and 18 closed out a 1-over 37 on the backside for her 2-under 70. “I played very good, very, very good. I have to give a lot of credit to my caddie Tanica, (teammate Tanica Van Es) who definitely kept me calm during the day,” said Schulte. “So I’m very happy today with the way I played. I made some putts today,” Nunn’s round started with a bogey. She managed to steady herself, but the scoring opportunities became few and far between. “It was definitely a unique experience and lets me know what I need to work on to get to this level,” remarked Nunn. “ I just took it all in stride and enjoyed every moment of it.” Head Coach Shauna Estes was among the many who followed the Lady Razorback golfers around the course today and was very pleased with their efforts today. “Absolutely, what a great opportunity to be able to tee it up against the best players in the world, “noted Estes. “It’s just an invaluable experience that will really help us prepare for our college season.” Today’s two qualifying spots went to Sophia Sheridan, who shot a sizzling 6-under 66, and Louise Stahle, who finished with a 3-under 69. Arkansas senior Stacy Lewis will be part of the field of 144 golfers when play begins Friday. Lewis, fresh off a tie for 26th at last week’s LPGA State Farm Classic, will have her teammate Nunn serving as her caddie for the tournament. For more information about Arkansas golf, please log on to LADYBACKS.COM.