AUBURN, Ala. — The fifth-ranked Arkansas women’s golf team tied for third place at the 2013 NCAA East Regional Championship to qualify for the NCAA Championship in Athens, Ga., May 21-24.

Arkansas finished with a final round 287 to tie for third place with an 864. The tie for third is the program’s best NCAA Regional finish bettering the fourth-place finish two seasons ago. This will be the sixth NCAA Championship team appearance in program history and the third consecutive for the Razorbacks.

“Obviously we are excited to advance,” Arkansas coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. “It was a tough round of golf in what I consider one of the most tense rounds of golf all year. This group had a calm about them all week that I felt so at peace about. It is really just taking one step at a time on the journey to get to Athens. They just really performed at a high level. We did a fantastic job coming down the stretch. We started strong and finished strong.”

Emma Lavy paced Arkansas and finished tied for 11th overall.  The Fayetteville, Ark., native shot 214 with rounds of 67-75-72.  Junior Emily Tubert and senior Victoria Vela tied for 18th overall shooting 216.

Freshman Gabriela Lopez tied for 26th overall with a 218. Freshman Regina Plasencia tied for 60th overall shooting a 225 with 73-75-77 for the Razorbacks.

“Athens is a golf course a lot of us know and to get this group there and have a chance to win a National Championship has been a goal all year,” Estes-Taylor said. “We’re looking forward to the next step in the journey.”