Cara Gorlei

Sr. | 5-7 | Cape Town, South Africa | Milnerton HS

WGCA All-American Scholar | 2019
Member of the University of Arkansas Athletic Director’s list | Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

2018-19 BESTS
Low Round:
69, First round of the Ruth’s Chirs Tar Heel Invitational, Oct. 12, 2018
Low Tournament: 213 (69-72-72) at the Ruth’s Chirs Tar Heel Invitational, Oct. 12, 2018
Best Finish: T8, Most recent Ruth’s Chirs Tar Heel Invitational, Oct. 12-14, 2018


Low Round:
67, Second round of the Maryb S. Kauth Invitational, Oct. 23, 2017
Low Tournament: 213 (3x), Most recent: 213 (71-70-72) at the Mason Rudolph Championship, Sept. 15-17, 2017)
Best Finish: 3rd at LSU Tiger Classic, April 7-9, 2017

AS A SENIOR (2018-19)
WGCA All-American Scholar … Played in five events as a senior … Her 101 total rounds played ranks 18th all-time in program history … Finished T8th at the Ruth’s Chirs Tar Heel Invitational, her first top-10 finish since 2016-17

AS A JUNIOR (2017-18)
Played in nine events as a junior … Counted 16 rounds toward the team total … Finished the year with a career-best 73.88 stroke average … Carded eight rounds of par or lower … Has played in three NCAA Championships (twice with the team and once as an individual) … Won her first round match helping Arkansas to the program’s first-ever Southeastern Conference Championship in April … Career-best round of 67 on day two of the Maryb S. Kauth Invitational … Career-best 3-under 213 at the Mason Rudolph Championship.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2016-17)
Advanced to the NCAA Championship as an individual … finished T78th shooting 84-77-75 in cold, wet and windy conditions … Was Arkansas’ low finisher with a tie for seventh place at the 2017 NCAA Columbus Regional to advance to the National Championship … Had two top-5 finishes … Finished the year with a 446-274 win-loss record … Shaved more than one stroke off of her average from her freshman to sophomore season … Posted career-best round of 68 twice as a sophomore … She 213 at LSU recording her best tournament total and her best finish as a Razorback … Twelve rounds of par or better … Second on the team in stroke average … Was Arkansas’ low finisher in three events and was in the top two four times.

AS A FRESHMAN (2015-16)
Played in 10 of the team’s 11 events as a true freshman in 2015-16 … Season/Career best round of 72 in her first round as a collegiate player at the ANNIKA … Tied that with a 72 at the Stanford NCAA Regional … Bettered that with a second-round 71 at the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Oregon … Season/Career best three-round 219 at the ANNIKA … First career top-10 finish with a tie for ninth place at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic … Fourth player from South Africa on the Razorback squad (Catherine Beckett, Kelli Shean, Tanica van As) … Ranks No. 39th on the SEC leaderboard, 125th in and 149th in rankings.

Cara Gorlei joined the University of Arkansas women’s golf team for the 2015-16 season … Gorlei is a Western Province, South Africa native and the fourth player from South Africa to play for the Razorbacks … Came through the ranks playing WGSA amateur events and was the No. 1 ranked junior in South Africa in 2013 … She won both her U18 Junior National titles in the same year … Represented South Africa at Junior & Senior level including The World Amateur Team Espirito Santo Trophy, Japan 2014 & Mexico 2016 … Winner of numerous WGSA Provincial titles, she was awarded the WGSA Player of the Year 2014-15 … Gorlei reached the No. 1 ranked South African in the WAGR in 2016-17 … Her low score is an 8-under 64.

Born March 25, 1996 … Daughter of Remo and Marcia Gorlei … Has an older brother Marco … She plans to major in kinesiology … Would like to play professional golf after graduation and she notes that her favorite athlete is former Razorback Stacy Lewis.

I did some research and decided to make the long trek across the world to watch Cara play in two events in Cape Town, South Africa, last year. I knew after one golf swing that we had found a future Razorback. I am so excited to have Cara join @RazorbackWGolf. She will bring a tremendous amount of international golf experience to our team as well a game that is fundamentally sound. She plays with a lot of passion and that is something that Mike and I value in the recruiting process. Cara has a great family who has sacrificed and supported her dream of playing golf in the United States. Arkansas women’s golf definitely got better today with the addition of Cara and I’m excited about the continued depth that she brings to our 2015-2016 squad.

Junior (2017-18)      
Mason Rudolph ChampionshipSept. 15-17, 2017371-70-72=213-3T2253-21 (.716)
ANNIKA IntercollegiateOct. 1-3, 2017374-74-70=218+2T1742-17 (.712)
Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel InvitationalOct. 13-15, 2017374-77-74=225+9T6333-62 (.347)
Maryb S. Kauth InvitationalOct. 22-24, 2017371-67-81=219+3T1757-16 (.795)
Lady Puerto Rico ClassicDNP
Darius Rucker IntercollegiateDNP
Evans-Derby ExperienceMarch 18-20, 2018375-75-68=218+2T2847-27 (.635)
Liz Murphey Collegiate ClassicApril 13-14 (IND), 2018374-78-75=227+113734-36 (.486)
SEC ChampionshipApril 18-22, 2018380-80-71=231+154624-45 (.349)
Match 1April 21, 2018def. Sierra Brooks (Fla.)2 & 1
Match 2April 21, 2018vs. Cheyenne Knight (Ala.) - susp.AS
Match 3April 22, 2018l. Marion Veysseyre (SC)2-up
NCAA Regional ChampionshipMay 7-9, 2018373-75-74=222+6T3858-27
NCAA ChampionshipMay 18-21, 2018486-77-81-74=318+308146-80
2016-17 (Sophomore Season)      
ANNIKA IntercollegiateSept. 25-27, 2016372-68-75=215-126/6034-25
Powerade Cougar ClassicOct. 2-4, 2016373-72-72=2171t27/10881-26
Tar Heel InvitationalOct. 14-16, 2016373-76-76=2259t51/9645-50
UTSA Maryb S. Kauth InvitationalOct. 23-25, 2016379-68-75=2226t37/7538-36
Lady Puerto Rico Classic2/12-14/2017378-76-80=23418t66th/8014-65
Darius Rucker Intercollegiate3/3-5/2017377-76-73=22613t47th/9043-46
LSU Tiger Classic3/24-26/2017372-70-71=213-33rd/9087-2
Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic4/7-9/2017172ET4/6056-3
Match 1 vs. Auburnlost Michaela Owen, 2 and 1
Match 2 vs. Georgialost Harang Lee, 6 and 5
Match 3 vs. Denverdef. Lauren Whyte, 4 and 3
SEC Championship4/21-23/2017371-73-72=216Et22nd/7048-21
NCAA Columbus Regional5/8-10/2017374-72-74=2204t7th/9689-6
SEASON TOTALS282060 Avg. 73.572-535-280
2015-16 (Freshman Season)
ANNIKA Intercollegiate9/27-29/2015372-74-73=2193t34th/6026-33
Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational10/9-11/2015378-73-73=2248t29th/9667-28
The Alamo Invitational10/25-27, 2015383-73-74=2301459th/7819-58
Lady Puerto Rico Classic2/14-16/2016375-73-76=2248t27th/8861-26
Darius Rucker Intercollegiate3/4-6/2016372-77-82=23118t70th/9020-69
LSU Tiger Golf Classic3/20-22/2016373-77-77=22711t9th/9687-8
Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic4/1-3/20161724t38th/60
Match 1 vs. Auburndef. Jamie Yun (Auburn), 3-and-2
Match 2 vs. Oregon Statedef. Chelsea Saelee (Oregon St.), 1-up
Match 3 vs. Dukedef. Lisa Maguire (Duke), 2-and-1
SEC Championship4/15-17/2016376-74-76=22610t31st/7039-30
Stanford NCAA Regional Championship5/6-8/2016372-73-77=2229t30th/9666-29
NCAA Championship5/20-25/2016473-71-76-72=2924t36th/13296-35
VERSUS PAR29893.07