This week the best of the best in women's professional golf are set to take to the course at Pinnacle Country Club, in Rogers. It's the annual Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship. With so much attention aimed at NWA, the U of A's golf team seems to be reaping the benefits.
Shauna Estes-Taylor, women's golf coach at the U of A, said, "This is just an outstanding opportunity to showcase our home and give our girls some really great experience on the golf course."
"It just make me proud to be a Razorback, and to be a part of what we are doing at the University, and to bring this event to our home, and to give it exposure to our area, to our community, to show how fans respond to a great event, is just awesome."
Monday half a dozen Hogs attempted to qualify for the this event, including four former Hogs, one current golfer, and one Razorback recruit. While none of them made the cut, these Lady Razorbacks didn't hold their heads low, instead each girl will take the experience and strive to make themselves and the program they love better.
Freshman golfer Emma Lavy said, "I'm biased, but I think I go to the best university in the world. We have the best support system, I mean, the coming Razorbacks, old Razorbacks, my coach, my family."
Summer Roachelle is a soon-to-be Razorback from Conway, she said, "It just shows the type of team that they have, you know they all come together. I'm not even there yet, I still have a whole year, and they're still coming out to watch me."
Estes-Taylor said, "This has helped us tremendously in recruiting, to be able to showcase our place on TV is just so valuable."
One Razorback has already made the NWA Championship field, Emily Tubert is set to tee it up later in the week. One of the favorites for the event is former Hog Stacy Lewis. Lewis is currently the second ranked women's golfer in the world.
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