Razorbacks on top of leaderboard

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BLYTHEVILLE, S.C. – The 17th-ranked University of Arkansas women’s golf team moved to the top of the leaderboard and are in first place after second round action at the 2009 Southeastern Conference Championship in Blytheville, S.C., Saturday. Senior Lucy Nunn and junior Kristin Ingram set a torrid pace for the Razorbacks both counting one-under 70s. Nunn finished the day in second-place with a two-under 140 (70-70) and is just one stroke behind the leader. Ingram moved up from 10th to a tie for fourth and is in the clubhouse with a two-day 143 (73-70). The duo helped Arkansas move up on spot from a tie for second after round one into sole possession of the lead Saturday. “I just can’t say enough about our play today,” said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. “we played solid today. I can’t say enough about how the team hung in there and finished strong. That’s something we’ve talked about since August – even since last year really – and it’s great to see that taking shape on the course. The team set a goal to win an SEC Championship this year and we’ve put ourselves in position to do just that.” Arkansas’ three-over 287 was the second-best round of the day and moved the Razorbacks ahead of seventh-ranked Auburn who was the opening day leader. Auburn finished with a 298 and their 585 (289-298) is just behind Arkansas with a 582 (295-287). “I just can’t say enough about our balance today,” said Estes-Taylor. “We were pretty solid from top to bottom in the lineup. I told the team every stroke matters and they took that to heart. Lucy made some putts and played beautiful gold today. Kristin…she really stepped up again today and made a move. Blessings has been a good preparation tool for us and this course sets up well for our game. We’re going to go out and try and hit our targets and make good, aggressive golf shots and attack this course. Then we’ll see what happens.” Junior Alex Schulte and sophomore Kelli Shean also bettered their scores in the second round. Schulte posted a one-over 72 and is in with a 148 (76-72) to tie for 19th overall. Shean carded a 75 Saturday for 151 (76-75) and is tied for 30th. Freshman Katy Nugent rounds out the Arkansas scoring with a 158 (78-80) and is tied for 49th overall. With the final round remaining, the Razorbacks will look to stay in the lead ahead of a very talented field. Seventh-ranked Auburn is second with 585, followed by No. 8 LSU and No. 29 Tennessee who are tied for third with 587. The rest of the field includes No. 6 Alabama in fifth with 591, No. 15 Georgia in sixth with 592, No. 38 Ole Miss and No. 40 South Carolina tied for seventh with 599, No. 28 Florida in ninth with 602, No. 18 Vanderbilt in 10th with 605, No. 41 Kentucky in 11th with 610 and Mississippi State in 12th with a 625. Play concludes Sunday with an 9:50 a.m. start. The Razorbacks next return home awaiting word of their NCAA Regional bid. For more information about Arkansas women’s golf, log on t ArkansasRazorbacks.com.