Fresh off Tourney Victory, Hogs Shift Focus to
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After capturing its second tournament victory for the year when it tied with Texas A&M for first place at the Border Olympics, Arkansas will now travel to Auburn, Ala., on April 10-13, for the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate.
A highly ranked field, including several Southeastern Conference opponents, will compete in the tournament. Joining No. 21 Arkansas is Auburn (13), Alabama (30), Charleston (18), Florida State, Georgia State, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southeastern Louisiana, Vanderbilt (24) and UAB.
“This tournament has a nice SEC feel to it and I really like that,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “Everything we do now will be geared toward the conference championships. I’m glad we get to play right after the Border Olympics, because our guys feel like they let one get away. They played the first two rounds very well. It was the best golf I’ve seen from them in a year and a half.
“Now we have to continue to work on our consistentcy through three rounds with our lineup,” Ketcham said. “We have developed our number three and four guy to playing well and with this lineup we have the best chance to win. This is actually the first time we’ve had this particular lineup.”
Juniors Andrew Dahl, Seth Murphy and Adam Wing and freshmen Paul Bradshaw and Darren Holder will represent the Hogs on Saugahatchee Country Club’s 72-par, 6,689 golf course. Eighteen holes will be played each day, starting at 7:30 a.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
In his most recent play, Dahl came away with a victory last weekend when he won his second-career tournament at the Border Olympics with an 11-under-par 205. He also shot a career-best 65 in the first round of the tournament. Dahl leads the team with a 71.1 stroke average.
Wing is next with an average of 72.9 and registered his sixth top 10 finish for the year last weekend with a score of 215 and one under par. Murphy has the third best average on the team with 73.6 and tied for 28th at the Border Olympics. He hopes to improve on his finish in Auburn.
Bradshaw did not compete last weekend at the Border Olympics, due to illness and is looking forward to returning to the greens. Bradshaw’s stroke average is 74. The Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate will mark Holder’s fourth tournament for the season. Holder posted his best score last weekend with a four-over-par 220. That brought down his average from 76.5 to a 75.4.
When the Razorbacks return from Auburn, Ala., they will take a week off to prepare for the 2003 Southeastern Conference Championships in Sea Island, Ga., on April 24-27.
Sports Category :