Arkansas Eliminated in Third Round After Finis
BY ANDRES FOCIL
STILLWATER, Okla. – The 23rd-ranked Razorback golf team ended its season on Karsten Creek Golf Course when the Hogs finished in 27th place at the NCAA Championships and were cut from the final round of play. The field was cut from 30 to 18 teams after play on the course was taking longer than expected.
Arkansas posted its best round of the tournament in today’s third round with a 19-over-par 307. That made the Hogs’ total score 947 (+83), after first and second rounds of 314 (+26) and 326 (+38), respectively. Junior Andrew Dahl was one of the top six golfers whose team did not advance; therefore, he will play in the final round and finish the tournament.
This morning Dahl played an outstanding round and shot a two-under-par 70. His total score through three rounds is 224 (+8), placing him in a tie for 23rd. Dahl fired a 73 in the first round and an 81 in the second.
Only three Southeastern Conference schools made the final 18-team field. Florida, Auburn and Georgia will all go on to play Friday, while Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Arkansas and South Carolina were forced to bow out. Clemson took the lead from UCLA and Oklahoma State with a one-under-par 287.
“This golf course was just too much for some of us,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “I thought Andrew Dahl played exceptionally well today. He has played so well this season and I’m glad to see him go on and play the full 72 holes of this tournament. It would be a shame if he were not able to do that. Seth Murphy answered the call this week and played with a lot of heart.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t get a lot of help from the other positions,” Ketcham said. “I’m really at a loss for words right now. The course was just too much. We got into a rut early in the week and couldn’t get out of it. The last two days we put ourselves in a better position shooting off the tee, but we still made too many mistakes.
“The course was very challenging, but I liked how it was set up,” Ketcham said. “You can tell by the scores across the board that it beat everyone this week. The best player and the best team will be the ones who win this championship.”
Junior Seth Murphy tied for 57th. He shot his best in the third round of the tournament with a one-over-par 73. He posted a 78 (+6) in the first round and a 79 (+7) in the second for a total score of 230 and 14 over par.
Junior Adam Wing also had his best performance for the week in the third round when he shot a seven-over-par 79. That brought his score to a 30-over-par 246, after he had first and second rounds of 82 (+10) and 85 (+13), respectively. His score put him a tie for 132nd.
Freshman Paul Bradshaw turned in a 32-over-par 248 for the tournament to put himself in a tie for 137th. He had 81 (+9) in the first round, 82 (+10) in the second and 85 (+13) in the third round.
Sophomore Josh Farrell ended the week in 153rd with a score of 259 and 43 over par. In the first round he carded an 11-over-par 83, followed by a 12-over-par 84 in the second round. In today’s third round he posted a 20-over-par 92.
Even though the Hogs couldn’t play the full 72 holes at the national championship, they see a silver lining in next year’s season with young talent returning and the experience of a successful regular season under their belts.
“On a more positive note, this was a good experience for us,” Ketcham said. “We have no seniors, so everyone is coming back next year. We learned a lot and we’ll be able to build off of that. Going into next year we’ll look for Andrew and everyone to get better, and we’ll get another crack at it.
“Dahl stepped up this year and we need another one or two players to really take leadership roles next year,” Ketcham said. “Hopefully he’ll continue to elevate his game and challenge others to do the same. That’s what we’re looking for next year.”
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