Todd Drexler

Putting Woes Continue In Stillwater


STILLWATER, Okla. – The second-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team continues to struggle on the greens finishing with a second-round 300 at the 2018 NCAA Championship in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Saturday.

Arkansas played in the morning session and finished the day 12-over par. That mark is an eight-stroke improvement over their round one score allowing Arkansas to remain within striking distance of the first cut. The first cut after three rounds of stroke play pairs the field down from 24 teams to 15 teams. The top-15 play one final round of stroke play and the top-8 teams move on to match play in the marathon event.

Fast greens have hampered the Razorbacks with several players missing the cup by the smallest of margins. Junior Maria Fassi said that she may have had more three-putts in two rounds than she has had all season.

Junior Dylan Kim was Arkansas low scorer for the second consecutive round. Kim is tied for 13th overall with a 145 that includes rounds of 72–73. Alana Uriell, Kaylee Benton, Fassi and Cara Gorlei all posted better numbers in the second round.

Uriell moved up 14 spots into a tie for 62nd. She is 8-over shooting 78–74—152. Benton is tied for 68th shooting 77–76—153, followed by Fassi who carded rounds of 81–78—159. Cara Gorlei rounds out the Arkansas scores shooting 86–77—163.

The second flight of teams waited through a weather delay but when the round was finally over, the Razorbacks remained tied for 16th place overall in the field of 24. Arkansas is just one stroke out of the top-15 heading into round three on Sunday.

From Coach Taylor
“We still got off to a little bit of a rocky start today. This is a demanding golf course but it’s scoreable too if you hit it in the right places. I think we just haven’t quite been able to put our ball in those spots yet. I feel like we have a great game plan, but our backs are against the wall a little bit. We are prepared for that and I know we will come out ready to go tomorrow. I couldn’t ask for a better group of players to be here with and to have this experience with. They work so hard and it’s been an amazing season so far. I’m excited to get back out there tomorrow and get after it.

The Razorbacks

T13Dylan Kim (2)72–73—145+1
T62Alana Uriell (3)78–74—152+8
T68Kaylee Benton (4)77–76—153+9
T106Maria Fassi (1)81–78—159+15
T123Cara Gorlei (5)86–77—163+19

The Field

1No. 3 UCLA294–279—573-3
2No. 1 Alabama292–286—578+2
3No. 6 Southern California291–298—589+13
T4No.9 Arizona301–291—592+16
T4No. 13 Northwestern299–293—592+16
T6No. 21 Florida State301–294—595+19
T6No. 16 Kent State296–299—595+19
8No. 4 Duke298–298—596+20
9No. 5 Stanford308–291—599+23
10No. 25 Louisville301–300—601+25
11No. 15 Washington303–300—603+27
12No. 7 Furman312–293—605+29
13No. 12 Florida303–303—606+30
T14No. 28 Colorado306–301—607+31
T14No. 18 Wake Forest 306–301—607+31
T16No. 2 Arkansas308–300—608+32
T16No. 26 Baylor313–295—608+32
18No. 8 Texas309–300—609+33
T19No. 19 Auburn304–306—610+34
T19No. 20 Oklahoma307–303—610+34
21No. 10 Arizona State314–297—611+35
22No. 27 Virginia315–302—617+41
23No. 34 Ole Miss320–303—623+47
24No. 37 Ohio State310–318—628+52