Arkansas Ties for First at Billy Hitchcock Int
BY ANDRES FOCIL
AUBURN, Ala. – For the second week in a row the No. 21 Razorback golf team brought home a victory as they tied with UAB for first place at the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate in Auburn, Ala. On Saugahatchee Country Club’s 72-par, 6,689-yard golf course Arkansas rallied from second place to card a 292 in the final round to add to their first and second rounds of 294 and 290 for a total of 876 and 12 over par.
This is Arkansas’ third tournament victory for the year and marks the first time since the 1996-97 season that an UA golf team has won three or more tournaments in a season. Four tournament victories were recorded that year, but Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham and his Hogs still have two more tournaments, including the Southeastern Conference Championships and the Ardmore Classic to try to post a fourth win.
Four Razorback golfers finished in the top 20. Junior Seth Murphy was the Hogs’ high finisher in ninth place with a one-over-par 217, after he shot rounds of 75, 70 and 72. Murphy’s performance gave him his third top 10 finish for the year. Junior Andrew Dahl was next in a three-way tie for 12th. Dahl shot a 74 in the third round to give himself a three-over-par 219 after going 71 and 74 in the first two rounds, respectively.
Freshman Paul Bradshaw also shot a 74 in the final round after he registered a pair of 73’s in the first and second rounds for a total of 220 and four over par. His score put him in a three-way tie for 15th. Another freshman, Darren Holder, shot 76 and 73 in the first two rounds and rallied in the last round to post a 72. His total score of 221 and five over par placed him in a tie for 18th, a career-best for the Brackenhurst, South Africa native.
Junior Adam Wing finished in a tie for 39th with a 12-over-par 228. Wing had rounds of 75, 77 and 76.
After they return from Auburn, Ala., the golf team will take a week off to prepare for the Southeastern Conference Championships in Sea Island, Ga., on April 24-27.
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