Razorbacks start fall season at Pebble Beach
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – The University of Arkansas women’s golf team will begin the 2022-23 season at the Carmel Cup in Pebble Beach, Calif., Sept. 2-4. Held at Pebble Beach Golf Links, one of the country’s most pristine golf courses, the Carmel Cup is in its first year as a women’s tournament.
Arkansas is one of eight teams on the field, which includes six NCAA championship qualifying teams (the Razorbacks included) and defending NCAA champion Stanford. Half of the eight-team field is made up of SEC schools with Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt in the mix.
The tournament will consist of three rounds of 18 holes each, which will take place from Friday September 2 to Sunday September 4. New to women’s college golf this season, the Hogs can take advantage of the six-count-five game and six-stroke-four formats.
This year’s 2022-23 squad is made up of seven returning players and three newcomers. The returning group is led by senior Kajal Mistry, who was a Golfweek All-America honorable mention and All-SEC first-team pick. She shot 73.18 last season with 14 round par or less and will lead the Hogs to first place. Julia Gregg is also coming off a strong junior year, sitting second on the 2021-22 team in scoring average (73.94) and in regular or lower rounds (11). Ela Anacona, a senior who totaled three top 20 finishes last season, and Miriam Ayora, a junior who took part in all 11 tournaments, are the other two returning players.
Two newcomers from Arkansas will make their Hog debuts this weekend. Kendall Todd will be looking to make an immediate impact in second place. Todd spent her first season at UNLV, where she was a second-team Mountain West All-Conference selection and finished with a 74.05 GAA and an NCAA Stanford Region appearance. True freshman Reagan Zibilski is the No. 3 on the roster and is a two-time Missouri High School State Champion and qualified for the US Open as a high school freshman.
This year’s roster runs deep, also including returning sophomore Giovanna Fernandez, junior Cory Lopez and sophomore Ffion Tynan, as well as rookie Meghan Royal. The Hogs are looking to build on the success of last season, which was capped by the program’s 19th straight, 20th overall, NCAA Region appearance and 11th NCAA championship bid.
- Kajal Mistry
- Kendall Todd
- Reagan Zibilsky
- Julia Gregg
- Ela Anacona
- Myriam Ayora
COMPETING TEAMS (FINAL GOLFSTAT RANKING)
- Arkansas (20)
- Mississippi State (31)
- Oklahoma (51)
- Oklahoma State (15)
- London (1)
- Texas A&M (10)
- Texas Technology (25)
- Vanderbilt (32)
Pebble Beach Golf Links – Pebble Beach, CA – Par 72 – 6,156 yards
The Carmel Cup has previously served as a men’s collegiate golf tournament, with the Arkansas men’s team having participated in the event seven of the past eight years. Played at Pebble Beach Golf Links, the women’s team has the opportunity to play on the nation’s #1 public golf course against challenging terrain. Stanford just wrapped up their 2022 NCAA championship and Cardinal Rose Zhang was the 2022 individual medalist as a rookie. Texas A&M finished third, while Arkansas, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt finished outside the top 15 last May in Scottsdale.
Arkansas will host the third Blessings Collegiate Invitational by Tyson Foods from Monday, October 3 through Wednesday, October 5. More information about the tournament can be found HERE with coverage of all three days aired on the GOLF Channel.
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