Tubert posts 63 in Las Vegas, ties NCAA record
Lance Ringler's College Golf Page
College life certainly is agreeing with Emily Tubert. The Arkansas freshman tied the NCAA scoring record Monday with a 9-under 63 at Boulder Creek (Nev.) Golf Club. Tubert, whose 9-under day tied the lowest round with relation to par in NCAA history, holds a five-shot lead on the field at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown after Round 1, while her team holds a 17-shot advantage.
Tubert, the long-hitting Women’s Amateur Public Links champion from Burbank, Calif., recorded a bogey-free round that included seven birdies and an eagle. Starting on the back nine, Tubert birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 14 with an eagle tucked in at the par-5 13th. She nearly made a double eagle at that hole after blasting a 3-hybrid from 207 yards – into the wind – and landing the ball 5 feet from the hole.
“I just kind of got things going, I hit all 18 greens today and made a lot of putts and I don’t know, it’s just one of those days,” Tubert said.
Wind gusts of up to 40 mph make Tubert’s round all the more impressive. It’s by far the lowest round of the season for Tubert, who is averaging 71.67 in six rounds with the Razorbacks, a team ranked No. 15 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. Tubert is No. 51 in the individual rankings.
“To be able to accomplish this in my third college tournament so far, I’m just having so much fun,” Tubert said of owning a share of the NCAA scoring record. “I love the girls on my team, I love the coaches, it’s such a cool experience.”
Tubert has put more focus on her short game amid more structured practices since arriving at Arkansas. Head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor says it’s all about teaching Tubert a variety of shots around the green.
“This golf course sets up really nicely for Emily – she has great length and we have worked on her wedges,” she said.
Tubert joins two other players in the 9-under club. Pepperdine alumna Katherine Hull shot 9-under 63 in March 2003 during the first round of the San Jose State Spartan Invite, then went on to win the tournament by eight shots. Duke alumna Liz Janangelo shot a final-round 9-under 62 at the Chrysler ACC/SEC Challenge in October 2004, but it wasn’t enough to win individual medalist honors.