Shean shines in the desert

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – University of Arkansas junior Kelli Shean is one-under and tied for 13th overall leading the Razorback women’s golf team at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday.

Shean, coming off an impressive showing as an amateur at the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship a week ago, continued to play well this weekend leading Arkansas to 11th place after two rounds.

Shean opened with a first-round 75 but rallied in the afternoon round carding a 70 for 145 and is one-under for the tournament. Shean’s second round had four birdies and a bogey and she played the back nine two under.

"It was great to finally get out and play a competitive round," said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. "I can’t say enough about Kelli. She’s played well the last couple of weeks and really did a nice job today. This golf course sets up well for us and I think we can improve tomorrow."

Senior Alex Schulte finished the day tied for 45th overall with a six-over 152 (72-80). Tiffany Phelps is tied for 60th at 154 (78-76), followed by Corinna Rees who is tied for 66th with 155 (75-80). Senior Kristin Ingram rounds out the scoring for Arkansas and is tied for 75th with 156 (79-77).

As a team, the Razorbacks are 11th in the 18-team field with 300-303=603. Arkansas is 28 strokes off the leader Pepperdine who is in the clubhouse with a nine-under 575 for the first two rounds.

Host New Mexico is second with a 580, followed by TCU with 582, UNLV with 583 and Oregon at 590 to round out the top five. The rest of the field includes Northwestern in sixth with 591, Indiana seventh at 593, UC Davis is eighth with 597, UC Irvine in ninth with 598 and San Diego State in 10th with 601.

Arkansas is just two strokes behind in 11th followed by a three-way tie between Colorado, Texas A&M and San Francisco with 606. Colorado State is 15th with 608 and Oklahoma and Texas El Paso are tied with 609. Wyoming rounds out the field with 618.

Play continues with one round Sunday. For more information regarding Razorback women’s golf or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit