Arkansas Finishes Seventh at Gary Koch Interco
BY ANDRES FOCIL
TAMPA, Fla. – Arkansas turned in its best team performance of the fall campaign at the Gary Koch Intercollegiate when it finished in seventh place with a score of 889 (+25) on the 7,028-yard par 72 Old Memorial Golf Course. The Razorbacks were only two strokes from finishing in the top five. After shooting a 307 in the first round in rainy conditions they rebounded in the second round to card their best score of 288 to move them up to sixth place. They closed out the tournament with a 294 in the final round.
“It was a very close finish, but that’s the way college golf is,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “We left a lot of shots out there on the course, so we still have to get better with our scoring clubs. In the second round we played extremely well. We shot four under in the final three holes this morning. The guys finally realized what it takes to compete against good competition. They stood up and did well.”
Southeastern Conference opponent and ninth ranked Kentucky won the team title with an 872 (+8) and the Wildcat’s Mark Blakefield captured the individual trophy with a three-under-par 213. The Gary Koch Intercollegiate was the toughest field of teams UA had seen so far this year and the young Hog team responded well to the pressure, finishing ahead of eighth-ranked Florida (893).
True freshman Will Osborne was Arkansas’ low scorer when he turned in a five-over-par 221 and tied for 16th place. It was the Wichita Falls, Texas native’s first time to serve as the team’s top finisher and it was also his first career top-20 tournament finish. After shooting a 76 in the opening round he came back and birdied on the last two holes of the second round, recording a season-best score of 71. In the third round he put up a 74.
Redshirt freshman Scotty Campbell also turned in great performances and was only one stroke behind Osborne with a 222 (+6). His score placed him in a tie for 19th. Campbell eagled on the final hole of the second round to register a career-best 71, before he shot a 72 in the third round. In Monday’s first round he carded a 79.
Sophomore Matt Bortis had been the team’s top finisher in the past two tournaments and he concluded the Gary Koch Intercollegiate with a score of 225 (+9) to tie for 33rd. In the first round he shot a 74 and in the second round he matched his season best with a 73. In the final round he recorded a 78.
A final round and season-best score of 71 helped true freshman Allen McFerran move up the leader board to tie for 45th. In the first two rounds he has shot a pair of 78’s. In his first fall tournament sophomore Beau Glover tied for 56th place with a 14-over-par 230. His best showing came in the second round when he posted a 73. In the first and final rounds he carded 80 and 77, respectively.
When the Razorbacks return from Florida they will have only one tournament remaining in their fall schedule. The Country Club of Louisiana Intercollegiate will take place on Oct. 24-26 in Baton Rouge, La.
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