Arkansas Heads to California with No. 9 Rankin
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – When Arkansas travels to Somis, Calif., on October 6-7, for the Club Glove Intercollegiate it will be the highest ranked team at the tournament. On October 1, the Razorbacks were rated as the No. 9 team in the nation by the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
“It’s nice to be recognized by your peers and to know that people have high expectations of our golf program,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “It puts us back in the national spotlight. However, we have to show our ability to play good golf to maintain our position in the rankings.”
The Hogs haven’t competed since September 11, but are coming off a third place finish at the Topy Cup in Japan. They hope to continue their momentum as they get ready to play on Saticoy Country Club’s 72-par, 6,883-yard golf course.
“I know the guys are antsy to play again,” Ketcham said. “It’s been almost three weeks since we last competed in a tournament, but from a coaching standpoint a think it was much needed. It gave us an opportunity to work on some things that we felt needed to be ironed out. This tournament comes at a good time and practice has been going extremely well. I’m excited we have two freshmen in the lineup. I feel like we’re ready to play well.”
Three seniors and two freshmen will represent UA at the competitive tournament, including seniors Andrew Dahl, Seth Murphy and Adam Wing, and freshmen Scotty Campbell and Beau Glover.
Dahl is leading the team with a stroke average of 72 and tied for fifth place at the Topy Cup. Wing is next with a 73.3 average and had an outstanding first round at the Topy Cup when he shot a 67, while Campbell has a 74.6 average. The Club Glove Intercollegiate will be Glover’s first tournament to compete in as a Razorback and Murphy’s first tournament of the new season.
Pepperdine University is serving as host to the 11 other schools playing at the tournament, including Arizona State (17), Coastal Carolina, Colorado, Colorado State, Houston, Kansas (22), New Mexico (11), Pepperdine, Texas A&M (16), Tulsa (44) and UC Irvine.
“It’s a good tournament with an outstanding field,” Ketcham said. “This golf course is comparable to the one we saw in Japan. I would call it a position golf course off the tee and the greens are fairly undulated, big greens, so there will be a high emphasis on lag putting.”
The Club Glove Intercollegiate will open on Monday October 6, with 36 holes, with the final 18 scheduled for Tuesday October 7. After the Razorbacks return from California they will have a week off before going to Tampa, Fla., for the Gary Koch Intercollegiate on October 19-21.
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