Arkansas Tied in 12th after First Round of NCA
BY ANDRES FOCIL
BALTIMORE, Md. – After the first round of the NCAA Championships the Arkansas golf team finds itself in a tie for 12th place after the Razorbacks shot an eight-over-par 288 on the Caves Valley Golf Club’s par 70, 7,131-yard course. UA, ranked No. 42 nationally, is only nine strokes out of second place, while second-ranked Georgia dominated the first day of competition with a six-under-par 274 and sits comfortably on top of the leader board. No. 12 Tennessee is holding down the second-place position with a one-under 279.
Two golfers shot a 65 to open the tournament and put themselves in the early lead. UGA’s Kevin Kisner and Augusta State’s Major Manning are both at five under.
“We got off to a solid start today and our four scorers played very well,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “We put ourselves in a good position to have a great opportunity in front of us, but I don’t think we finished the day as well as we could have.
“On holes 14-18 we shot six over, so we need to turn those doubles bogeys into bogeys,” Ketcham said. “At this level you have to eliminate mistakes like that. I think a good round tomorrow will move us up the leader board.”
Sophomore Beau Glover is leading the UA team after he shot one of his best rounds for the year. The Sherwood, Ark., native posted an even par 70 through the first 18 holes and his performance has him tied for 22nd place. Sophomore Matt Bortis was close behind with a one-over-par 71 that placed him in a tie for 33rd.
Junior Josh Farrell was able to take his experience from the 2003 NCAA Championships and post a solid round of 73 (+3). He is tied for 71st. Redshirt freshman Scotty Campbell was four over at the end of the day and his score of 74 has him tied for 87th. The youngest member of the team, freshman Eric Shriver, struggled in the opening round and turned in a score of 81 for 11-over-par.
“Eric was nervous today and historically he comes back after starting slow,” Ketcham said. “Hopefully he’ll follow that trend.”
The Hogs will tee off for the second round of the 108th NCAA Championships on Thursday at noon with Glover starting the group on the 10th hole. His teammates will follow in nine-minute increments as No. 21 Alabama and No. 13 BYU join them.
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