UCA charges to title at Little Rock Golf Classic

Central Arkansas golfer Emma Svensson. Photo by Steve East, courtesy, UCA Sports Info.

UCA Athletics
Steve East, Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark. – The University of Central Arkansas women’s golf team fired a final-round 291 on Tuesday to grab the title at the Little Rock Women’s Golf Classic played at Diamante Country Club.

UCA, which had the lowest round of the day by six strokes, vaulted from sixth place to the championship, its second in four years at the tournament, and fourth consecutive Top 2 finish at the tourney.

Senior Emma Svensson, the medalist at the 2015 tournament, was the catalyst, shooting a 4-under 68 on Tuesday to finish fifth overall (73-78-68_219). Svensson, from Halmstad, Sweden, had six birdies and two bogeys on the day. 

Freshman Tania Nunez tied for 13th place with rounds of 79-74-71_224, while freshman Elin Kumlin tied for 16th (76-77-74_227). Freshman Karley Whittington shot 75-74-80_229 and tied for 23rd, while senior Sally Fridstrom shot 80-79-78_237 and tied for 55th. Freshman Gracen Blount shot 74-82-81_237 and also tied for 55th.

Missouri State finished second at 900, followed by UTEP (902), Western Kentucky (904), Lamar (907), South Alabama (909), Utah Valley (913), UMKC (920), Little Rock (925), Houston Baptist (925), ULM (927), Northern Iowa (931), UT Arlington (933), Arkansas State (943), Stephen F. Austin (956) and McNeese State (975).

By finishing ahead of Little Rock, UCA picked up two points in the “Governor’s I-40 Showdown” and now leads the year-long competition 14.5 to 3.5.

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