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Arkansas, Duke players accept LPGA spots

ARKANSAS’ MARIA FASSI AND DUKE’S VIRGINIA ELENA CARTA EARN EXEMPTIONS INTO THE LPGA TOUR’S MARATHON CLASSIC

Fassi Captured the 2019 NCAA Women’s Golf Individual Championship; Carta Bookends College Career with NCAA Team National Championship at Duke

GOLF Channel’s NCAA Golf Coverage Continues Today through Wednesday With The 2019 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships

FAYETTEVILE, Ark., May 27, 2019 – Arkansas senior Maria Fassi and Duke senior Virginia Elena Carta received exemptions to the LPGA Tour’s Marathon Classic presented by Dana in July as a result of their performances at the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships at the Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark.

Fassi, the world’s third-ranked amateur who finished runner-up at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, turned-in a bogey-free 5-under par in Wednesday’s final round on her home course to finish at 8-under par, capturing the individual stroke play national championship by four strokes over Florida junior Sierra Brooks.

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“I’ve told coach (Shauna) Taylor many times that we were going to be walking down the fairway on 18 holding hands and that I would be the national champion,” Fassi said following her victory. “It was way better than what I have imagined.”

Fassi, who graduated in May, earned her LPGA Tour card in December and deferred her membership to finish her college career and earn her degree. Her first professional event will be the U.S. Women’s Open this week, where she is grouped with Brooks and Jennifer Kupcho for the first two rounds.

The second exemption to the Marathon Classic was given to a member of the winning national championship team as decided by the head coach. Virginia Elena Carta, Duke senior who won the individual stroke play championship as a freshman by eight strokes in 2016 to earn her first Marathon Classic exemption, helping to anchor her team to their seventh team national championship by winning two of her three matches.

“It is a dream come true. It is something I’ve always dreamt about, winning a national championship with my teammates,” said Carta following their victory. “It is always so emotional watching teams that win with seniors in their teams. Knowing that is the way you end your career and knowing that every person on the team relies on the each other. That is what got us going and that is what made us win.”

Following their victory, Duke women’s head coach Dan Brooks announced on Golf Central that Carta would receive the second Marathon Classic exemption.

“After playing Marathon four years ago, I’ve stayed in touch with my host family, the tournament and with my caddie there who actually came to the Augusta National Women’s Amateur to watch me play,” Carta said. “It was my dream to go back and now I’m finally going back. It’s amazing.”

The 2019 Marathon Classic presented by Dana will take place Thursday-Sunday, July 11-14 at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio. GOLF Channel will air all four rounds of coverage.

GOLF Channel’s NCAA golf coverage continues this week with the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships from the Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Ark. Live coverage begins today at 4 p.m. ET with the final round of the individual stroke play championship and to track the eight teams advancing to team match play on Tuesday. Live coverage of the team match play championship will air Tuesday and Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. ET.

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