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Women’s Golf Starts Season With Strong Outing

Central Arkansas’ Women’s golf team started their season last year on Sep. 9, 2014 in Kansas were they came in third place.

After that they would come close to winning tournaments. In conference they tied for first place at the Southland Conference Championship.

“Last year was a good year to mentally grow and know were our weaknesses are. With the arrival of the three freshman I think that them team is very well formed,” sophomore Fernanda Lira said.

This weekend Central Arkansas was at the Stonybrook Golf Club for the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagle Invitational.

In the first round Central Arkansas shot 314, which put them in 10th place. Mercer led with a score of 301 followed by Toledo who shot 302, Florida Gulf Coast University shot 303, Xavier shot 305, Elon shot 306, Arkansas state and Southern Illinois shot 310, Ball State shot 311, Drake shot 313, Stephen F Austin, Florida Atlantic and McNeese State shot 318, USC upstate shoot 329, and Western Illinois shot 333.

In addition, Central Arkansas Freshman Emma Svenson was tied for 11th after shooting 4-over. Followed Junior Brenda Gonzalez with a 78, Freshman Cindy Oh shot an 80, Freshman Sally Friedstorm shot an 80, and sophomore Fernanda Lira shot an 81.

On the last day of the invitational Central Arkansas shot a 304, which was the third-best round of the day to put them at sixth place overall in the Florida Gulf Coast Eagle Invitational at Stoneybrook Golf Club.

At the front of the pack for Central Arkansas was Emma Svensson who tied for 11th place with Florida Gulf Coast’s Mei Khuan Yong. Svensson had rounds of 7676-75_227. Sophomore Fernanda Lira tied for 16th place with Elon’s Sunna Vidisdottir. Lira had rounds of 81-72-75_228.

Junior Brenda Gonzalez tied for 28th place with Florida Gulf Coast’s Megan Blonien. Gonzalez had rounds of 78-78-75_231. Freshman Cindy Oh tied for 40th place with Drake’s Grace Dunn. Oh had rounds of 80-78-77_235.

Freshman Sally Fridstrom tied for 70th place with Arkansas State’s Olivia Loiacano. Fridstrom had rounds of 80-86-81_247.

Lira said, “I feel that the team as well as me did the best we could in the event. We learned a lot on our game and we are looking forward to the next event this weekend at Corpus Christi.”

The Bears head to Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Feb. 22 and 23 to compete in the Islanders Classic.

This article originally appeared in the Feb. 17, 2016 print edition of The Echo.

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