Dahl Chosen to Represent United States in U.S.
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Junior golfer Andrew Dahl has been selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) to represent the United States in the U.S.A. vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship. The team consisting of eight men and four women golfers will compete at Verde Sano Country Club in Tochigi, Japan on July 15-18.
Joining Dahl on the men’s side are UCLA’s Steve Conway, Jack Ferguson and Matt Hendrix of Clemson, Chico State’s J.J. Jakovac, Tom Johnson of Northwestern, Auburn’s Jay Mundy and Ryan Quinn of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The women’s team consists of Leigh Ann Hardin and Elizabeth Janangelo of Duke, UCLA’s Charlotte Mayorkas and Texas’ Jessica Reese.
The coaches for the U.S. squad are Jack Jensen of Guilford College and Virginia’s Jan Mann. They will take the team into the tournament with an all-time series lead of 20-7, and seven-straight wins.
“This is a wonderful opportunity and great honor for Andrew,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “It’s well deserved and I’m very proud of him. He will represent the U.S. the way it should be and from a coach’s standpoint the experience he will gain from this will be wonderful going into his senior season.”
“I was hoping for the Palmer Cup and when I didn’t get it, I was a little disappointed, but then Coach Ketcham told me I was selected for the U.S.-Japan tournament, I was excited,” Dahl said. “I knew that if I continued to play well during the season I would get chosen. It looks like my hard work has paid off. I’m really looking forward to it, because I’ve never played on a national level before.”
Dahl, a native of Salinas, Calif., has had an outstanding fall and spring campaign. So far, Dahl has competed in nine tournaments and posted two tournament victories, including six top 10 finishes. He claimed his first tourney victory at the Stonebridge Invitational on October 22, with a seven-under-par 209 (71-68-70).
On March 19, Dahl was named Southeastern Conference Golfer of the Week after he helped propel Arkansas to their first tournament victory in five years at the Coastal Carolina Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on March 11. He came in second with a two-under-par 214 (72-72-70).
Less than a month later he shot a career-best 65 in the first round of the Border Olympics while capturing the tournament title and earned another SEC Golfer of the Week honor.
His stroke average of 71.3 is the lowest on the Razorback team. In the Golfweek/Sagarin Men’s Individual Rankings Dahl is the highest ranked Razorback at No. 26, and is fourth among nationally ranked SEC golfers.
This week Dahl will lead Arkansas at the SEC Championships in Sea Island, Ga., on April 9-11, where it hopes to improve on their 2002 sixth place finish.
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