Top-Ranked Arkansas Runs Away With 2017 ANNIKA Intercollegiate; Gopher Women Finish 12th


October 3 2017
Natalie Srinivasan, Furman, drives at the 8th during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Srinivasan finished T3, 4-under 212. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Patty Tavatanakit, UCLA, follows her tee shot at the 8th during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Tavatanakit finished 2nd, 5-under 211. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Shannon Aubert, Standford, from the green side bunker at the 7th during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Dylan Kim, Arkansas, putts at the 7th green during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Kim finished T3, 4-under 212. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Alana Uriell, Arkansas, at the 7th green during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Uriell finished T3 (-4), 212. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Maria Fassi, Arkansas, drives at the 8th tee during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Fassi was medalist, at -10 206. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Maria Fassi, Arkansas, approaches the 8th green during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Fassi was medalist, at -10 206. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Patty Tavatanakit, UCLA, follows her tee shot at the 17th during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Tavatanakit finished 2nd, 5-under 211. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Natalie Srinivasan, Furman, at the 17th tee during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Srinivasan finished T3, 4-under 212. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Dylan Kim, Arkansas, birdies the 16th hole during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Kim finished T3, 4-under 212. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Maria Fassi, Arkansas, celebrates a birdie at the 16th green during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Fassi was medalist, at -10 206. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Maria Fassi, Arkansas, pitches to the 17th green during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Fassi was medalist, at -10 206. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Maria Fassi, Arkansas, lines up her par putt at the 17th during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Fassi was medalist, at -10 206. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Maria Fassi, Arkansas, drives at the 18th tee during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Fassi was medalist, at -10 206. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Maria Fassi, Arkansas, follows her approach to the 18th green during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Fassi was medalist, at -10 206. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Maria Fassi, Arkansas, reacts to her eagle attempt at the 18th green during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Fassi was medalist, at -10 206. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Maria Fassi, Arkansas, with Shauna Taylor, women's coach, after holing out at 18 during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Fassi was medalist, at -10 206. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Maria Fassi, Arkansas, with Annika Sorenstam during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Fassi was medalist, at -10 206. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Annika Sorenstam at the awards ceremony during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Annika Sorenstam, with Casey Ceman and Taylor Britton, of the Annika Foundation, at the awards ceremony during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Maria Fassi, Arkansas, medalist, and Annika Sorenstam, at the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Farsi won the individual title, with a 10-under 206. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Maria Fassi, Arkansas, medalist, at the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Farsi won the individual title, with a 10-under 206. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Annika Sorenstam and the winning team, the University of Arkansas, who won the 2017 Annika Intercollegiate with a 16-under 848, Oct. 3 at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Dylan Kim, Arkansas, at the 1st tee during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Kim finished T3, 4-under 212. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Alana Uriell, Arkansas, at the 1st tee during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Uriell finished T3 (-4), 212. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Andrea Lee, Stanford, at the 1st tee during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Lee finished T3 (-4), 212. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Maria Fassi, Arkansas, at the 1st tee during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Fassi was medalist, at -10 206. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Patty Tavatanakit, UCLA, reacts to birdie attempt at the 6th during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Tavatanakit finished 2nd, 5-under 211. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Natalie Srinivasan, Furman, follows her tee shot at the 7th during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Srinivasan finished T3, 4-under 212. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Patty Tavatanakit, UCLA, follows her tee shot at the 7th during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Tavatanakit finished 2nd, 5-under 211. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Dylan Kim, Arkansas, surveys her line at the 7th during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Kim finished T3, 4-under 212. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Dylan Kim, Arkansas, drives at the 8th hole during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Kim finished T3, 4-under 212. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Maria Fassi, Arkansas, reacts to a missed birdie at the 7th green during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Fassi was medalist, at -10 206. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Dylan Kim, Arkansas, at the 17th tee during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Kim finished T3, 4-under 212. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Andrea Lee, Stanford, at the 17th tee during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Lee finished T3 (-4), 212. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Alana Uriell, Arkansas, at the 17th tee during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Uriell finished T3 (-4), 212. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Maria Fassi, Arkansas, drives at the 17th tee during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Fassi was medalist, at -10 206. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.
Maria Fassi, Arkansas, follows her tee shot at the 17th during the Annika Intercollegiate, Oct. 3, 2017, at Olympic Hills GC, Eden Prairie, Minn. Fassi was medalist, at -10 206. Photos by W.P. Ryan/courtesy of MGA.

By Nick Hunter
nick@mngolf.org


  EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Tying an NCAA record by shooting 41-under par at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Tennessee to begin the 2017-18 season, the University of Arkansas entered the week as the nation’s No. 1 team.

The Razorbacks fired a 16-under par 848 to earn a 12-stroke victory over the University of California-Los Angeles Tuesday at the 2017 Annika Invitational Presented by 3M at Olympic Hills Golf Club, winning for the second time in as many events.

“Outstanding from top to bottom,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said after her team’s victory Tuesday. “I think we had three girls inside the top-5, so it says a lot about our depth. We had challenging conditions this week, but we prepare on an amazing golf course back at home and I think it really helped to get ready for what we saw.

“It’s the beginning of the year and we have a long season ahead of us, but it’s always good to gain momentum and confidence with the way that we prepare. I’m really proud of our group for their effort.”

A wire-to-wire victory for Arkansas began with a round of 288 in cold and wet conditions Sunday and the Razorback would enter Tuesday’s round with a four-stroke victory over the University of Texas.

Led by junior Maria Fassi, who earned medalist honors for the second straight season at the event, Arkansas would cruise on the final day, carding a team score of 278 to finish 12 strokes better than UCLA.

Asked about how the No. 1 ranking affects her team, Estes-Taylor said, “It’s just a number. I tell the girls all the time it’s process over product. We have to continue to do what we do every day and work hard. Our goal is to get the trophy and if we do things right, we should be in a place where we can do that every week.”

Fassi earned her fourth collegiate victory behind a final-round 66 Tuesday after opening the championship with back-to-back rounds of 70. Fassi carded two birdies on her opening nine before sinking five birdies and one bogey over the final nine to earn medalist honors with a five-stroke victory at 10-under par 206.

“I was really solid over the week; I think I only had five bogeys. Out here with the conditions we had, that’s pretty good,” Fassi said Tuesday. “I was trying to be patient and focusing on my thing and it worked out pretty good.

“Today I was hitting it off the tee really well so I was giving myself opportunities to be aggressive. I had trouble on the back nine the first two rounds—I had 37-37 the first two days—and my goal for today was to beat the course on the back nine. I was being really aggressive because I had those opportunities.”

Tuesday’s victory for both Fassi and Arkansas is even more impressive considering the field at this year’s ANNKIKA Invitational is the toughest field in collegiate golf, with six teams entering the week inside the top-20.

“It’s a great incentive for me; I work really hard,” Fassi said. “To win a tournament like this means that I’m doing the right stuff and if I continue to work hard, that these things are going to come. This is our second win this season and second in a row and winning this one now means a lot for the coaches and for us because we worked really hard for it.”

Both Alana Uriell and Dylan Kim fired rounds of 1-under par 71 during Tuesday’s final round to contribute to the victory for Arkansas, as both golfers finished the championship tied for third at 4-under par 212.

Led by freshman Joanne Free this week, the University of Minnesota posted a final round 319 to finish in 12th place at 935. Free, from Gullane, Scotland, carded a final-round 78 to finish tied for 41st at 228.

Fellow freshman Grace Kellar got off to a promising start by shooting 74 during the opening round Sunday, but following rounds of 81 and 82, respectively, Kellar would finish tied for 53rd at 237.

The Gopher women wrap up the fall season Oct. 27-29 when they travel to Atlanta to compete in the Louisville Ladies Fall Invitational at Atlanta Athletic Club.



THE 2017 ANNIKA INVITATIONAL PRESENTED BY 3M
OLYMPIC HILLS GOLF CLUB
EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN.
6,288 YARDS, PAR 72


FINAL TEAM RESULTS

1. Arkansas, 288-282-278—848
2. UCLA, 295-280-285—860
3. Stanford, 294-280-296—870
T4. Texas, 300-274-299—873
T4. Furman, 300-277-296—873
6. South Carolina, 291-288-296—875
7. Southern California, 299-294-292—885
T8. Baylor, 302-290-297—889
T8. Miami, 308-284-297—889
10. Florida State, 301-295-298—894
11. Georgia, 305-295-300—900
12. MINNESOTA, 307-309-319—935


FINAL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

1. Maria Fassi, Arkansas, 70-70-66—206
2. Patty Tavantanakit, UCLA, 71-69-71—211
T3. Alana Uriell, Arkansas, 71-70-71—212
T3. Andrea Lee, Stanford, 74-69-69—212
T3. Dylan Kim, Arkansas, 73-68-71—212
T3. Natalie Srinivasan, Furman, 70-68-74—212
T7. Sophia Schubert, Texas, 74-67-72—213
T7. Dewi Weber, Miami, 76-66-71—213
T9. Robynn Ree, USC, 68-74-72—214
T9. Jillian Hollis, Georgia, 72-70-72—214

T41. JOANNE FREE, MINNESOTA, 74-76-78—228
T53. GRACE KELLAR, MINNESOTA, 74-81-82—237
T55. KATE LILLIE, MINNESOTA, 80-77-82—239
T55. SABRINE GARRISON, MINNESOTA, 85-77-77—239
58. MUYU WU, MINNESOTA, 79-79-82—240



For complete tournament results go to:  http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=13891

 
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