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Arkansas Ends First Round of SEC Championships

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Ends First Round of SEC Championships


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – The 20th-ranked Razorbacks had a slow start to the opening round of the 2004 Southeastern Conference Golf Championships when they put together a 20-over-par 300 on Sea Island Golf Club’s par 70, 6,885-yard course. Senior Andrew Dahl was Arkansas’ bright spot as he ended the day at even par (70) and is tied in 10th place with seven other golfers.
“Obviously I’m disappointed in today’s play,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “I thought Andrew Dahl played a nice round. Unfortunately, the way we played we didn’t capitalize on that. A few of the guys were fearful of the course and you can’t let this course do that to you. We have two days left and we can make up a lot of shots in that time.”
No. 4 Georgia is leading the tournament with a blistering 11-under-par 269 after four of their golfers posted scores under par and one broke even. Alabama is second with an even 280 and received help from its leading competitor, Clint Provost. Provost fired a five-under-par 65 and is in first place.
After sitting out the practice round on Thursday because of a stomach virus, freshman Matt Bortis came back and turned in a score of 74 (+4). He is the next Hog on the leader board and is tied for 35th.
“For a freshman not to practice on this course and hang in there is really great.” Ketcham said. “I’ll look for him to improve his score over the next two days.”
Freshman Beau Glover and senior Chad Faucett are next in a tie for 48th. The two each shot an eight-over-par 78. Senior Seth Murphy came away with 14-over-par 84 and sits in 60th.
On Friday morning Arkansas will hope to turn in a better performance and moved up the leader board. It will be paired with No. 26 LSU and Ole Miss with a scheduled tee time of 8 a.m.

2004 SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sea Island Golf Club

Team Standings
1. Georgia – 269 (-11)
2. Alabama – 280 (E)
3. Auburn – 281 (+1)
4. Florida – 283 (+3)
Tennessee – 283 (+3)
6. Kentucky – 287 (+7)
7. South Carolina – 294 (+14)
8. Vanderbilt – 295 (+15)
9. Mississippi State – 297 (+17)
10. LSU – 298 (+18)
11. Arkansas – 300 (+20)
12. Ole Miss – 302 (+22)

Individual (Top 10)
1. Clint Provost, Alabama – 65
T2. Brendon Todd, Georgia – 66
T2. David Denham, Georgia – 66
T4. John-Scott Rattan, Tennessee – 68
T4. Will Claxton, Auburn – 68
T4. Kevin Kisner, Georgia – 68
T7. Duke Butler, Florida – 69
T7. Richard Scott, Georgia – 69
T7. Stuart Moore, Auburn – 69
T10. Ross Cox, Tennessee – 70
T10. Lance Walker, Alabama – 70
T10. Mark Donnell, Vanderbilt – 70
T10. Chris Kirk, Georgia – 70
T10. Andrew Medley, Auburn – 70
T10. Camilo Villegas, Florida – 70
T10. Andrew Dahl, Arkansas – 70
T10. John Holmes, Kentucky – 70

Other Arkansas Golfers:
T35. Matt Bortis – 74 (+4)
T48. Beau Glover – 78 (+8)
T48. Chad Faucett – 78 (+8)
60. Seth Murphy – 84 (+14)





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