Arkansas Blessings Collegiate Invitational # 1 Women’s Golf Set
FAYETTEVILLE, Arche. – After winning their first event of the season, the No.1-ranked Razorbacks return home to the Blessings, where they will look to defend their Blessings Collegiate Invitational title. The Hogs dominated the event last time around, beating the 13 other Southeastern Conference teams on their home runs in last season’s opening tournament. The event, which starts on Monday, is open and free to the public. It will also be televised on the Golf Channel for those who cannot.
At the head of the top-ranked Hogs is Brooke Matthews, the nation’s No. 1 ranked individual golfer. Matthews has arguably just won the greatest round of golf ever played at the college level, as she won the Cougar Classic, shooting an absurdly 25-minus. The next closest player to the field, Krista Junkkari of North Carolina, finished 12 strokes under, 13 strokes behind Matthews. The No.1 ranking is nothing new for Matthews, however – she was ranked No.1 by Golfweek last year, earning that spot after her dominant performance at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational. Matthews, like the Razorbacks as a team, will look to defend their title starting Monday.
Following Matthews in the Hog lineup is Julia Gregg, who also competed in a career event at the Cougar Classic. Gregg had her best event in a number of different ways – she finished tied for sixth, the best result of her career; she shot a 68 in the third round, the best single-round score of her career; and his 210 (-6) was the best 54 hole score of his career. The junior also had a good performance at BCI last year, finishing tied for 18the.
His fellow junior Kajal Mistry will keep third place in the squad. Like Matthews and Gregg, Mistry started the season strong at the Cougar Classic. Mistry finished in the top 20, with a 215 (-1) for the event. She also finished in the top 20 at BCI last season, tied for 18th.e.
Sophomore Cory Lopez will debut for the Hogs at BCI 2021, as she did not compete in the Cougar Classic. SEC-All team member Freshman had a good BCI last season, finishing tied for 11e at the inaugural event.
Rookie Miriam Ayora holds the final spot in head coach Shauna Taylor’s Hogs roster. Although she did not attend BCI 2020, she was one of five travelers to the Cougar Classic. She finished tied for 79e.
Senior Ximena Gonzalez and first year Ffion Tynan will compete as individuals.