GREAT EXPECTATIONS: The University of Arkansas opened the 2005-06 golf season with high expectations and lived up to their billing with a solid fall campaign. February began the spring season with six events heading up to the NCAA Championship hosted by Ohio State May 17-20.
ABOUT LAST WEEK: Arkansas tied for the win at the Texas A&M “Mo” Morial Invitational last week at the Traditions Golf Club. Arkansas struggled on the final day shooting a 315 as conditions again changed and the wind picked up. The Lady Razorbacks held a two-stroke lead as the final round began but the host Aggies made a push on their home course coming in just under Arkansas with a 313 to tie the Lady Razorbacks. Arkansas and the Aggies did go to a playoff hole with Texas A&M winning.
THIS WEEK: Arkansas travels to the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. The Liz Murphey is the only event other than the Southeastern Conference Championship that the Lady Razorbacks have competed in every season since adding golf in 1995-96. The traditionally tough field has never allowed the Lady Razorbacks to finsh in the top 10.
THIS YEAR’S FIELD: This year, the field includes Arkansas, Auburn, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Florida State, Furman, Georgia, Kent State, Michigan State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Washington.
STRONG SEC LOOK: This year’s Liz Murphey features six of the 12 SEC teams (Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt). Arkansas has faced a couple SEC teams already this season finishing behind Georgia twice and Florida once. Arkansas has finished ahead of Vanderbilt, Florida (twice), Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina this year.
TIME’S GETTING TIGHT: Arkansas travels to the Liz Murphey and it is the final regular season event before the SEC Championship April 15-17. The Lady’Backs have already taken part in three events this spring as the season continues to fly by.
SOME INTERESTING NUMBERS: Arkansas more than eclipsed its scoring goals last fall and the numbers continue to look good this spring. In the fall, Arkansas averaged a 294 in the first round, 297.25 in round two, and 291.5 in third round. The Lady’Backs averaged 882.75 for the fall.
This spring numbers are slightly higher against several courses that Arkansas is seeing for the first time. Arkansas is averaging 304.67 in the first round, 300.00 in round two and 306.33 in the third round. Arkansas’ third round average was hurt a bit by the highest round of the season – a 315 at Texas A&M.
Here’s a quick look at how Golfstat ranks the Arkansas individuals in the first and third rounds.