Three student-athletes from the University of Arkansas women’s golf team will represent the Razorbacks in Monday’s qualifiers for the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G. Miriam Ayora. Julia Gregg and Ffion Tynan play tomorrow for a chance to advance to the weekend tournament. Not many collegiate golfers have the opportunity to play an LPGA tournament in their backyard like Arkansas does.
This is the fourth year that Arkansas has received three championship qualifier invitations. The action on Monday starts at 1:00 p.m. with 18 holes of stroke play. The first two place winners advance.
Ayora is playing in her first qualifier at the NW Arkansas Championship. The junior led the Razorbacks in the Carmel Cup with a 13th place finish after carding a 222 (72-74-74). Ayora comes out of last season having played 31 rounds in all 11 events, including two top 10 finishes. The Spaniard posted a career-low 212 (67-74-71) at the Ally at Old Waverly and finished ninth at the Blessings Collegiate last October.
Gregg is one of the most experienced golfers on the team, being in her senior season and playing in qualifiers for the second straight year. The Farmers Branches, Texas native was one of two Hogs to appear in all 33 rounds last season and finished the year second on the team with a points average (73.94) and rounds tied or better (11). She posted a career-low 210 (72-70-68) at last year’s Cougar Classic, giving her a career-best sixth place finish.
Tynan wraps up her freshman season after competing in six tournaments. The Welsh native hit three rounds of par or better, including a low of 70 at the Moon Golf Invitational. Tynan had a successful summer of amateur golf, winning the Welsh Women’s Amateur Championship and was one of three representatives for Team Wales at the World Amateur Team Championship where she finished 64th.
Kajal Mistry, who qualified for the weekend in 2021, has been granted a sponsorship waiver this year. Mistry earned a Golfweek All-American Honorable Mention and All-SEC First Team Choice. The South African product led the team in point averages (73.18) and par-or-better rounds (14), and claimed her first individual medal win at the MountainView Collegiate with a career-low 206 (68-67-71). She represented South Africa at the WATC and placed 28th.
Mistry, and possibly more upcoming qualifiers on Monday, will join five former Razorbacks currently on the LPGA Tour including Maria Fassi (2015-19), Stacy Lewis (2004-08), Gaby Lopez (2012-16) , Brooke Matthews (2017-21) and Alana Uriell (2014-18).
The NW Arkansas Championship, in its 15th year, begins tomorrow, Monday, September 19th and runs through Sunday, September 25th at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers. Official tournament play will take place on September 23-25. More information about the LPGA event can be found here.
Pinnacle Country Club—Rogers, Ark. – Par 71 – 7,001 yards
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