FAYETTEVILLE — Emily Tubert wants to lead Arkansas to a successful week at the NCAA Championships.

FAYETTEVILLE — Emily Tubert wants to lead Arkansas to a successful week at the NCAA Championships.

The sophomore golfer said it was her goal when the Razorbacks opened competition at the NCAA Championships in Franklin, Tenn. on Tuesday. But Arkansas coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said there’s no doubt the team-oriented Tubert is also aiming for an important individual prize this week.

“Her goal is to win a national championship,” Estes-Taylor said. “I think anything less than that, I think she would be disappointed.”

Tubert took what she hopes will be the first step to a title by shooting a one-over 73 during the first day of the NCAA Championships. The score led the Razorbacks on the first day of the tournament, although it was only good enough for Tubert to sit in 27th place after 18 holes. She is seven strokes behind the leader (Portland Rosen of Virginia).

Arkansas, meanwhile, is tied for 20th out of 24 teams after shooting 15-over par 303 on Tuesday.

But Tubert knows there’s no reason to panic about first-round positioning. She said before the Razorbacks left to play in the 72-hole NCAA Championships consistency will be key this week.

“I feel like my game is in a good place,” said Tubert, who is ranked second in the Golfstat Cup standings entering the week. “At the end of four days we’ll see where we’re at. It’s anybody’s tournament.”

Tubert has proven she can close strong this spring. It was just last week, in fact, when she fired a final round 68 to recover from a slower start and finish tied for fourth at the NCAA Central Regional.

Tubert had two eagles and a birdie on the front nine, making the turn at five-under par. Her final-round 68 was tied for the low score of the day.

It was a performance Arkansas needed, too, squeezing into the NCAA Championships by finishing one stroke ahead of Oregon for eighth place at the regional.

“We all went out there and had a mission,” Tubert said. “I went out and felt really good about the way I was striking the ball. I hadn’t had an eagle all year and I had two in three holes. Then I birdied my ninth hole. Every shot was so important. I knew it.”

It has been part of another solid year for the Burbank, Calif., native. Tubert has led the Razorbacks on the course this season, earning All-SEC honors and helping them reach the NCAA Championships.

Tubert described her play as “solid” this season, but not “great.” Tubert is satisfied with some improvements, especially in bunker play and with the overall consistency in her swing.

“In the past two years I’ve learned so much and grown so much as an individual and as a golfer,” Tubert said. “That’s been kind of cool to see.”

The collegiate season will end at the NCAA Championships this week. But Tubert still has plenty on her plate throughout the summer.

She was one of eight American golfers selected to play on the Curtis Cup team and travels to Scotland on June 1. The competition between the United States and Great Britain/Ireland begins June 8.

Tubert also will play in the LPGA Tournament’s Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship in late June after earning a sponsor’s exemption. It’s the second straight year Tubert will play in the event.

But Tubert said she’s only thinking about what’s on the agenda this week. She wants to help Arkansas turn in a strong finish at the NCAA Championships and make a run at the individual national title.

“It would be awesome to add to the resume,” Tubert said.