Photo Courtesy: UA Athletics (Walt Beazley)
ROGERS, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - Current Razorback Emma Lavy, future Razorback Summar Roachell and former Razorback Alex Schulte all took part in the Monday qualifier for the Walmart NW Arkansas LPGA Championship at Pinnacle Country Club.
Senior-to-be Lavy fired a 73 in the rain-soaked event while freshman-to-be Roachell counted a 77 in her first ever professional qualifier. Schulte posted a 74. Lavy was just three strokes off the lead and two from the qualifying spot. She finished tied for fifth overall. Schulte's 74 tied her for eighth while Roachell was 13th.
"This was a great experience and opportunity for our players one to compete in this environment and to to test their games against the best players in the world," Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said.
"I always tell them there is nothing more valuable that competition and to see Emma get so much better each and every day is fantastic. She birded her last hole to shoot 73 and she is getting closer and closer and its really fun to see her progress. She has grown so much over the last four years and is more comfortable in this experience.
"For Summar, it is just the beginning of stuff she is going to be able to do and it was some really good stuff," said Estes-Taylor.
Sophomore-to-be Gabriela Lopez was granted a sponsor's exemption and will play Friday in the event. She joins former Razorback Stacy Lewis trying to make the 17th hole "The Loudest in Women's Golf" as fans are encouraged to Call the Hogs when players approach.