The No. 7 University of Arkansas women’s golf team shot a 9-under-par 279 Tuesday to claim the title at the 2014 Powerade Cougar Classic tournament at Yeamans Hall Club in Hanahan, S.C.
The Razorbacks finished the 54-hole tournament at 18-under-par, seven shots better than No. 3 PAC-12 force UCLA. Duke came in third with a final score of 856, while Virginia and Mississippi State tied for fourth place at 861.
Duke’s Sandy Choe won the individual title after she eagled the 18th hole to narrowly beat out UCLA’s Alison Lee and Bronte Law for a one-shot win. It was Choe’s first collegiate victory.
Mother Nature interfered all three rounds of the tournament. The final round Tuesday faced a lightning delay around half way through, then with teams still in the final four holes, play was suspended because of heavy rain.
Arkansas didn’t let that phase them and showed what it means to finish strong, with every player sinking birdies on the final hole. The Razorbacks posted a tournament-low score of 279, playing the final four holes seven-under as a group to skid past UCLA for the win.
As an individual, junior Regina Plasencia tied for fifth place, making it her third career top 5 finish. Shooting 69-70-69 for a 208, she tied her career-best three round finish as well as her second-best overall collegiate finish.
Sophomore Summar Roachell played excellent as well, finishing in ninth place with 3-under 69’s, shooting a career-best 211. All-American Gabriela Lopez and Samantha Marks also contributed with scores of 213 and 214, tying for 13th and 15th place, respectively.
The Razorbacks won at 18-under, marking the lowest team total in Cougar Classic history.
The Arkansas golf team returns to action Oct. 4-6 at the Schooner Fall Classic in Norman, Okla.