Arkansas Ready for Morris Williams Intercolleg
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorbacks are fresh off a second-place performance in South Carolina, but they will have little time to rest as the same five-man lineup travels to Austin, Texas for the Morris Williams Intercollegiate on March 15-16. At last year’s tournament the Hogs finished sixth with a seven-over-par 817 and Andrew Dahl was UA’s top finisher when he tied for third.
“I’m excited we can play in two tournaments back to back and it’s during spring break, so the guys won’t have school in the back of their minds,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “The Morris Williams Intercollegiate will give us an opportunity to move up in the rankings where we need to be. There’s more depth in this field and it’s a difficult course, but for some reason we play really well in the state of Texas. We’re looking forward to playing great golf.”
Seniors Andrew Dahl, Chad Faucett and Seth Murphy, sophomore Paul Bradshaw and freshman Matt Bortis will take to Austin Country Club’s 72-par, 6,906-yard golf course for Arkansas.
Last week Dahl led Arkansas to its runner-up showing when he tied for fourth place with a one-over-par 217. His performance helped register his ninth-career top 10 finish and also improved his stroke average for the season. Dahl is now tied with Murphy with a top 72.8. Murphy has turned in four top 15 finishes through nine tournaments.
When Faucett filled in for an ill freshman Beau Glover at the General Jim Hackler Intercollegiate it gave him the opportunity to come in a tie for 17th and earn himself a spot on this week’s traveling squad. It will be his second tourney of the spring campaign and he carries the second-best stroke average of 73.4.
Bradshaw will be making his fourth-consecutive appearance on the greens this spring. The Cape Town, South Africa native turned in a season-best finish place finish last week and he hopes to continue that trend in Austin. For the year Bradshaw has an even 74 stroke average. With the fourth-best average on the team (73.5) Bortis will be seeing competition in his sixth tournament for the year.
Arkansas is one of 15 teams competing, including one of 11 that can be found in the Golfweek/Sagarin top 50. Joining UA on the greens is Baylor, BYU (19), California (16), Fresno State, Houston, Oklahoma (24), Oklahoma State (9), Pepperdine (36), SMU (45), TCU (7), Texas (6), Texas A&M (31), Tulsa (37) and Virginia.
Two rounds will be played on Monday beginning at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday’s final 18 holes will start at 8 a.m. Next on the schedule for Arkansas is the Hall of Fame Invitational on March 20-21, in Houston, Texas.
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