Regina Plasencia, a professional golfer and Epson Tour member, is competing this week – Sept. 19-25 – in El Dorado, in the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout, presented by Pepsico.
If Plasencia sounds familiar, it is because she golfed for the Lady Razorbacks golf team at the University of Arkansas from 2012 to 2016, during which time she held several titles and won several honors. These honors include being an eight-time selection to the Athletics Department Honor Roll, being named SEC All-Freshman Team in 2013 and All-SEC Second-Team in both 2014 and 2015 and winning the U.S. Women’s Open Qualifier in 2015 and the Liz Murphey Stroke Play in 2015.
The former Razorback is currently living her dreams of being a professional golfer, and has been looking forward to playing the course at Mystic Creek all summer.
“I’m feeling good about going into this. This is one of the best golf courses and I really like where my game is right now because of the work I’ve put in,” Plasencia said. “I’m excited to have another opportunity to play well this week.”
Plasencia has played the Mystic Creek golf course twice in the past – once last year, and once in 2019. “I know the course pretty well, which I feel I can use to my advantage,” Plasencia said, explaining that being familiar with the championship golf course is half the battle.
As a former Razorback, Plasencia is thankful for the support she has from being part of the Hog family.
“I definitely enjoyed my time at the U of A, and the support that I got while studying there and now, as a professional golfer, is amazing,” Plasencia said. “Being able to be back in Arkansas and this time, as a professional golfer, brings back so many good memories and a lot of excitement.”
While the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout takes place this week, in the Northwest corner of the state, the NWA Championship is underway in Bentonville. With that being said, this week is a good week if you enjoy women’s golf.
For Plasencia, playing professionally is a dream come true. “It’s not always roses and sunshine but it has definitely been a dream. There’s a lot of golf you get to play on a lot of different courses and a lot of traveling that comes with it. I think that if you like golf, and it’s something that you’re passionate about, it is a great way to invest in yourself.”
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