Arkansas Tied for 23rd After First Round at NC
BY ANDRES FOCIL
STILLWATER, Okla. – After the first round of play at the NCAA Golf Championships Arkansas found itself in a tie for 23rd with Washington. The Hogs shot a 26-over-par 314 on Karsten Creek’s 72-par, 7,301-yard golf course. The host school, Oklahoma State, has taken the lead, along with Auburn, Clemson and North Carolina State with an 11-over-par 299.
“I’m really disappointed in our opening round,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “I thought we’d be able to handle the atmosphere and the crowd. Oklahoma State has done an outstanding job of hosting this event and you feel like you’re at a PGA Tour event.”
Junior Andrew Dahl is leading the team with a one-over-par 73. Dahl played very strong and was leading the tournament after the first 12 holes with a two under par. Unfortunately, on the last hole he lost his ball in the rough and triple bogeyed to put himself in a tie for 13th.
“Dahl played a solid round of golf, but unfortunately lost his ball at the last hole,” Ketcham said. “Our No. two through five guys totaled a 36 over par and came out playing the course too fearful. We need to do a better job of hitting the ball off the tee. As a team we need to start chipping away and one good round will vault you up the leader board very quickly. If we go out tomorrow and play more consistently we can start to accomplish our goals.”
Junior Seth Murphy is next with a six-over-par 78. His play put him in a tie for 72nd. Freshman Paul Bradshaw came off the course with a nine-over-par 81 and in a tie for 106th. Junior Adam Wing shot an 82 for 10 over par on the day. Wing is in a tie for 117th. Sophomore Josh Farrell rounds out the UA squad with an 11-over-par 83 and is in a tie for 125th.
On Wednesday the Razorbacks will tee off with Oregon and Vanderbilt at 1:03 p.m., on the first hole. Tee times and pairings for Thursday and Friday will be determined after positions are established through two rounds.
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