MELBOURNE, Fla. – Arkansas Women’s Golf is set to begin its spring season on Sunday, Feb. 20, as head coach Shauna Taylor’s team travels to Florida for the 2022 Moon Golf Invitational. The Hogs will not start the new season, however, as the event field is packed – Arkansas will be joined by eight other top-25 ranked programs, including No. 9 Alabama, No. 17 Auburn, No. 15 Baylor, No. 19 Duke, No. 7 Florida, No. 21 LSU, No. 3 South Carolina and No. 8 Virginia.
With the departure of Brooke Matthews to the pro ranks, sophomore Cory Lopez will take the No. 1 spot on Taylor’s first roster in 2022. Lopez is up to the task – she has top-five finishes in two of three events of the Hogs in the fall, earning a second place finish at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational, while taking fifth place at the Jackson T. Stephens Cup. This will be Lopez’s second time playing at the Moon Golf Invitational, and she had success last year, finishing tied for 26and. His second-round 68 at the event is still the second-highest single-round score of his career.
In the vacant second spot will be Miriam Ayora, whose potential has been on display over the past two seasons. Ayora ended the fall strong, with a ninth place finish in the BCI and an 18and final place in the Stephens Cup. Ayora started the spring of his first season strong in Florida last year, finishing tied for 19and at the UCF Challenge in its first-ever collegiate event.
Kajal Mistry is set to make the third start for the Hogs in Melbourne this weekend. Mistry, along with fellow junior Julia Gregg, is now the oldest statesman in the group, as she is one of only four upper class members on Hog’s roster. Mistry was her usual consistent self during the fall season, as she finished all four Arkansas events in the top 20. Mistry was especially gifted at the BCI, where her fourth-place finish tied her career-best finish. until now.
The aforementioned Gregg will play from fourth place to start the spring 2022 season. Like Mistry, Gregg was rock solid this fall, finishing all four events in the top 20, including three in the top 15. His best result came in the Hogs’ victory at the Cougar Classic in September, where she finished tied for sixth, shooting a career-best 210 (-6) over 54 holes.
Rounding out the lineup for the Moon Golf Invitational is Giovanna Fernandez, the talented rookie from Paraguay. Fernandez, who was at the highly regarded Montverde Academy before coming to Arkansas, is one of the best amateur golfers in the world, having won 21 times in her career around the world. The Moon Golf Invitational will mark his college debut.
Ffion Tynan will participate in the event as an individual.
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