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Tubert makes sudden impact

Former All-Area Golfer of the Year leads Arkansas as a freshman.

April 03, 2011|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level.

Emily Tubert (Burroughs High, 2010) freshman, Arkansas University golf: Most athletes need time to get acclimated after jumping to the next level of competition. Tubert, on the other hand, hasn't needed a grace period to adjust to college golf.

Tubert has won three of her eight tournaments and earned two Southeastern Conference Women's Golfer of the Week honors already this year, most recently on March 29. The distinction came after her performance at the MountainView Collegiate tournament in Tucson, Ariz. on March 25.

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The former All-Area Girls' Golfer of the Year shot a 207 in the competition, a two-stroke tournament record and five shots better than second place. Her third-round score of 67 tied for the best individual round in tournament history. Tubert has also won the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic in Norman, Okla. and the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown earlier this year.

The freshman also shot a 145 in the opening two rounds of the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga. on Friday and Saturday. The score placed Tubert in a second-place tie on the leader board and Arkansas 10th out of 23 teams in the tournament, which concludes today.

Tubert has emerged as Arkansas' statistical leader this season, posting a team-best 72-stroke average and guiding the Razorbacks to a No. 12 ranking by Golfstat.com. She's also currently ranked first in the U.S. and fifth in the world by the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Kourtney Zilbert (Burbank High, 2007) senior, Whittier College basketball: Zilbert capped off her collegiate career in style, being named to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference second team this year. It was Zilbert's fourth nomination in as many years.

Zilbert finished her senior season as one of the top five scorers in league and the conference's leading rebounder. Her 222 rebounds this year were a career-high for a single season, averaging 8.9 per game. The forward scored 1,259 points in her career and led the Poets in scoring this year, posting 12.6 points a game while producing eight double-doubles.

Whittier finished the season 12-13 (6-8 in SCIAC) and 53-48 in Zilbert's four-year career. She produced a total of 830 rebounds, 266 steals and 163 assists as a Poet.

Kassy Uchida (Burbank High, 2010) freshman, Utah State softball: Uchida has already shown why she received a softball scholarship from Utah State.

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