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Women’s Golf Team, Fassi Dominate in Puerto Rico Tournament

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Junior Maria Fassi earned her third individual title of the season in the 2018 Lady Puerto Rico Classic.


With a target on their backs and heavy wind in the forecast for San Juan, Puerto Rico, the No. 4 Razorback women’s golfers needed to stay focused if they wanted to continue their spring dominance. Not only did they take care of business, but one golfer rose above the pack in the 2018 Lady Puerto Rico Classic to secure her third individual title of the year.

Not only did the Hogs take first collectively in San Juan, but junior Maria Fassi earned another individual title. The All-American tied former Razorback Emily Tubert’s single-season tournament wins record after the victory.

Although Fassi is enthused about her third championship, a team win is what matters to her the most, she said.

“Winning my third individual title for the season was great,” Fassi said. “But I'm happier to say that we won our 4th title as a team. We've been preparing for this so I'm just happy that the good work we put in it's showing the results we want.”

The Razorbacks took the green against 11 other teams. The weather conditions consisted of harsh winds and showers, but this did not slow down the Razorbacks from controlling the playing field and leading the competition after the first round.

Fassi led the Hogs. She finished 3-over par and shot a 68-75-73 - 216. Fassi and freshman Maria Hoyos tied for a tournament-high 11 birdies over the three-day contest.

Not far behind her was Dylan Kim, who shot a 71-76-74 - 221 and went on to place fifth in the invitational. Senior Alana Uriell finished 72-77-78 - 227. She finished tied for 16th. Junior Kaylee Benton, 78-77-73 - 228, and freshman Maria Hoyos, 73-77-78 - 228, both tied for 20th. Senior Jordy LaBarbera finished tied for 40th, shooting 84-74-76 - 234 and moved up 20 spots during her time in Puerto Rico.

The team distanced itself from the competition by staying poised in tough weather environment, LaBarbera said.

“I think we separated ourselves from the field by dealing with the harsh wind conditions in realistic ways,” LaBarbera said. “We don't try to overpower the elements that are inevitable, and that's why we were able to separate ourselves in Puerto Rico.”

During the first day, Razorbacks established themselves as a fierce competitor, as they shot a tournament-low 284, 10 strokes ahead of Iowa State, the team that took second place.

Fassi went on to shoot 68, a tournament low. Behind her by three strokes was Kim with a score of 71. Uriell was only one stroke back, shooting 72 for the day.

From then on, the Razorbacks were in full control of the tournament. Their 296 mark the last day was also the lowest score of the day.

Uriell thinks the team’s practice habits and chemistry aids the success of the program, she said.

“This win just shows us that we are doing the right things in practice,” Uriell said. “We will carry on what we learned from this tournament into the next. This is the strongest team dynamic I've experienced in all my years, and I would contribute that to our success as well.”

This spring, the team is equipped with the personnel to win a title. Three of the nine players on the Razorback roster are ranked in the Top 20 for average round score. Uriell is No. 19 with an average round score of 70.87. Kim is No. 15 with an average round score of 70.80, and Fassi checks in at No. 3 with an average round score of 69.60. The Hogs are not far behind the national leading score of 68.93 by junior Lauren Stephenson from Alabama.

The Hogs’ next tournament will be the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate from March 2-4 in Hilton Head, South Carolina.


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