Arkansas Tied for Eighth Place after First Rou
BY ANDRES FOCIL
WAIKOLOA, HAWAII – The Arkansas men’s golf team shot a 14-under-par 274 on Wednesday in the first round of the Taylor Made/Waikoloa Intercollegiate at the Waikoloa Village Course.
The Razorbacks finished the day tied for eighth place with Georgia Tech, just 10 strokes off the pace set by second-ranked Oklahoma State (264).
Sophomore Matt Bortis and true freshman Eric Shriver carded 4-under-par 68s to finish in a tie for 17th place individually and pace UA.
“We put ourselves in a pretty good position heading into tomorrow’s second round,” Arkansas Head Coach Mike Ketcham said. “The wind didn’t blow at all today, and that really led to some very low scoring.”
Junior Josh Farrell and redshirt freshman Scotty Campbell shot identical rounds of 69 (-3) to move into a tie for 31st heading into Thursday’s second round that will tee off at 6:45 a.m. in Hawaii.
“Overall I was very pleased with the way we played today,” Ketcham said. “Now we just have to go out there and maintain the same pace tomorrow. If we are able to do that then the golf course should yield some birdies. We just have to relax and play good golf.”
True freshman Will Osborne was just off the pace for the Razorbacks with an even-par 72 in round one.
Southern California is in second place after shooting a 265 on Wednesday. But only four strokes separate the third-place team, Augusta State (270), and Arkansas in eighth place.
The Taylor Made Intercollegiate featured seven teams ranked in the top 20. The Razorbacks finished the day ahead of ahead of three of those teams as fourth-ranked Texas shot a 287 and No. 12 Arizona State and No. 16 UCLA both shot 277.
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