Three Prepped for NW Arkansas Championship Qualifier
Three student-athletes from the University of Arkansas Women’s Golf Team will represent the Razorbacks in Monday’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Qualifier presented by P&G. Miriam Ayora. Julia Gregg and Ffion Tynan will play tomorrow for a chance to advance to the weekend tournament. Few college golfers have the opportunity to play an LPGA tournament in their backyard like Arkansas does.
This is the fourth year that Arkansas will have three Qualifying Championship invites. Monday’s action begins at 1 p.m. for 18 holes in stroke play. The first two will qualify.
Ayora is playing in her first NW Arkansas Championship qualifier. The junior led the Razorbacks to the Carmel Cup with a 13th-place finish after shooting a 222 (72-74-74). Ayora is coming off of last season having contested 31 rounds in the 11 events, including two top-10 finishes. The Spaniard hit a career low of 212 (67-74-71) at Ally at Old Waverly and finished tied for ninth at Blessings Collegiate last October.
Gregg is one of the most experienced golfers on the team, as she is in her senior season and competing in qualifying for the second year in a row. The Farmers Branches, Texas native was one of two Hogs to make all 33 rounds last season and finished the year second on the team in scoring average (73.94) and rounds to by or better (11). She recorded a career low of 210 (72-70-68) at last year’s Cougar Classic, earning her a career-best sixth place finish.
Tynan has just completed his first season after appearing in six tournaments. The Wales native has totaled three rounds at par or better, including a minimum of 70 at the Moon Golf Invitational. Tynan enjoyed a successful summer of amateur golf, winning the Welsh Women’s Amateur Championship and being 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, received a sponsor exemption this year. Mistry is coming off an honorable mention Golfweek All-American and a first-team All-SEC pick. The South African product led the team in scoring average (73.18) and normal or higher rounds (14) and earned his first individual medalist victory at MountainView Collegiate with a career low of 206 (68-67-71). She represented South Africa at WATC, finishing 28th.
Mistry, and potentially more pending Monday’s qualifying, 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 Northwest Arkansas Championship is in its 15th year. It kicks off tomorrow, Monday, September 19, and ends Sunday, September 25 at the Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers. The official tournament will be played from September 23 to 25. More information about the LPGA event can be found here.
Pinnacle Country Club – Rogers, Ark. – Par 71 – 7,001 yards
DEPARTURE TIMES FROM ARKANSAS
1:22 p.m. – Ffion Tynan
1:33 p.m. – Miriam Ayora
1:44 p.m. – Julia Gregg
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