Arkansas Golfers to Play in Hall of Fame Invit
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas men’s golf team returns to action this weekend for the Hall of Fame Invitational in Houston, Texas, after a three-week layoff.
The Razorbacks will begin play on Friday, March 18, at the Redstone Golf Club. The second round is scheduled for Saturday, March 19 with the final round on Sunday, March 20.
“I feel really good about where our golf team is at this point,” Arkansas Head Coach Mike Ketcham said. “We were all disappointed with our finish at the Mercedes-Benz Invitational, after we had played so well at LSU and Hawaii. We needed to learn from our mistakes and get better as a team, and I think we did that.”
The Hogs will send Matt Bortis, Scotty Campbell, Josh Farrell, Will Osborne and Eric Shriver to Houston to compete in the Hall of Fame Invitational. That same group finished fifth in the Taylor Made/Waikoloa Intercollegiate and 14th in the Mercedes-Benz Invitational earlier this season.
Shriver, a freshman from Cary, N.C., has the Hogs’ top scoring average this season at 72.7 strokes per round. Bortis, a sophomore from Springfield, Mo., is second with a 72.8 scoring average.
“This is a big golf course that we are going to play this weekend,” Ketcham said. “What I mean by big is that there is a premium on length off the tee.”
“The greens are big, so we are going to hit a lot of greens as a team. Lag putting will be of importance in this tournament. Our ability to get the golf ball close from 30 or 40 feet and two-putt will be important. If we can do that I think our chances of scoring well are really good.”
The Razorbacks finished eighth at the 2004 Hall of Fame Invitational. Arkansas shot an 11-over-par 875 as a team with Bortis finishing in a tie for 19th individually with a one-over-par 217.
“We have had over three weeks to prepare for this tournament, and I think we were able to fix some things,” Ketchum said. With the youth of this team we have kept things very competitive. These guys are going to have to keep playing well to keep their spot.”
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