Dahl Captures Title at Morris Williams Interco
BY ANDRES FOCIL
AUSTIN, Texas – After posting a 12-under-par to position himself in first place through two rounds of play on Monday, senior Andrew Dahl was able to stay on top of the leader board at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate and came away with the tournament title with a 10-under-par 206. Even though the All-American registered a 74 in Tuesday’s third round he was still able to hang on to the top spot with his first and second round scores of 64 and 68, respectively. As icing on the cake Dahl’s opening round of 64 was a career best and a competitive course record. This performance marked Dahl’s third-career tournament victory and his 10th-career top 10 finish.
No. 22 Arkansas ended the day with a six-over-par 870 and a seventh place showing after going into the final round in fourth place. In the first and second rounds the Hogs shot a combined 288 (E) and 284 (-4), but in the third round they recorded a 10-over-par 298. BYU took the team title with 858 (-6) on Austin Country Club’s par 72, 6,906-yard golf course.
“I’m extremely proud of Andrew Dahl,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “It was a long time coming. He stayed patient through the fall when he wasn’t doing as good as he wanted. We could see this coming with the way he performed the last two tournaments.
“The other four guys struggled and it was very uncharacteristic that they all struggled at once,” Ketcham said. “As a team we played well, except on the 15th and 17th holes where we combined for a six over par. We can’t make sloppy mistakes like that. We don’t like finishing seventh, but we know we can still play with the best teams in the nation.”
Sophomore Paul Bradshaw was the next Razorback on the leader board as he came in a tie for 30th with a four-over-par 220. Bradshaw turned in a final round score of 73 to go with his 75 from the first round and 72 in the second. This was the Cape Town, South Africa native’s third-straight second-place team finish.
Not too far behind was freshman Matt Bortis who tied for 33rd. Bortis put up a score of 221 (+5) after shooting a 75 in the third round. On Monday he had carded a 74 and 72 from the first and second rounds, respectively. Senior Chad Faucett came away with a nine-over-par 225 for 49th place. In the final round he shot a 76, after recording a 75 and 74 in the first two rounds.
Senior Seth Murphy was coming off a solid second round score of 72, but was unable to improve his standing in the last round when he put up a seven-over-par 79. With his first round effort of 78 he came away with a three-round score of 229 (+13) to tie for 64th place.
From Austin, Texas the Razorback team will travel directly to Houston, Texas for the Hall of Fame Invitational. They will take Wednesday off and then begin practice on Thursday in preparation for the three-day invitational on March 19-21.
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