Year-long goal here for golfers

Posted: May 18, 2018 at 2:11 a.m.

Arkansas golfer Kaylee Benton hits from the No. 3 tee box during the local qualifier for the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship on Monday, June 19, 2017, at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers.

More than a decade of recruiting around the world, building rosters and squaring off against the best talent have led to this moment for Coach Shauna Taylor.

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No. 2 Arkansas women’s golf at

NCAA Championships

Where Stillwater, Okla.

Host Oklahoma State

Course Karsten Creek, par 72, 6,328 yards

When Today through Wednesday

Format Three rounds of stroke play, field cut to 15 teams for final round of stroke play and determination of medalist; field cut to 8 teams for 3 rounds of match play

Arkansas tee time 12:10 p.m. Central

Playing partners No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 UCLA

Projected Arkansas lineup (stroke average) Maria Fassi (69.67), Dylan Kim (71.37), Alana Uriell (71.43), Kaylee Benton (73.87), Gara Gorlei (73.88)

Noteworthy

Defending champion Arizona State, ranked No. 13, extended the Pac-12’s streak of championships to three last season, following victories by Stanford (2015) and Washington (2016). … The field is composed of seven Pac-12 teams, five ACC teams, five SEC teams, three Big 12 teams, two Big Ten teams, Furman of the Southern Conference and Kent State of the MAC. … Alabama’s NCAA title in 2012 is the only one for the SEC since current Arkansas Coach Shauna Taylor played for the 2001 title team at Georgia. … The eight-team match play format began in 2009 for college men and in 2015 for college women. … The SEC became the first conference to adopt the eight-team match play format for its championship this year.

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