Arkansas Golf Jumps to No. 12 in Latest Poll
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After turning in a quality performance at the Taylor Made Waikoloa Intercollegiate over the weekend the national golf community took notice and the formerly ranked No. 18 Razorbacks broke into the top 15 when they jumped six spots to No. 12 in the most recent Sagarin/Golfweek Team Ratings.
“This is a reward to the kids for their hard work,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “Coming off our last tournament we played extremely well in the last two rounds and it’s nice that people noticed on a national scale. Now we need to continue to improve on that ranking as we move into the spring.”
The Razorbacks rallied in the final round to post a 19-under-par 845 for a third-place showing. They finished just behind fifth-ranked Georgia Tech and fourth-ranked UCLA, respectively. UA’s outstanding finish was made possible after each Razorback golfer finished in the top 30 over 100 other top competitors. Additionally, they were all able to card scores under par on the Waikoloa Kings’ 72 par, 7,074-yard golf course.
Arkansas is one of four Southeastern Conference teams found in the top 15. Florida has the honor of being ranked No. 1, while Georgia is close behind in the fifth spot. South Carolina rounds out the teams in 15th place.
The Hogs have this weekend off before they travel to Los Angeles, Calif., for the USC Intercollegiate on Feb. 29-March 2. It is a tournament the Hogs are looking forward to and will include a loaded field with 11 of the 17 teams ranked in the top 30.
“This is the best field we have seen in two years, beside the NCAA Championships,” Ketcham said. “It will also provide us with an opportunity to win a tournament against some great teams. We’ll go into it with the mindset of winning.”
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