Hogs Headed to NCAA Championships with Seventh
BY ANDRES FOCIL
MANHATTAN, Kan. – With a seventh place finish at the NCAA Central Regional Championships the 20th-ranked Arkansas golf team advanced to its first NCAA Championships for the first time since 1999. The Razorbacks’ seventh place performance was capped off with a third round score of 292 (+4) for a total of 870 (+6). Oklahoma State took the top spot with an eight-under-par 856.
UA’s advancement marks Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham’s third time to lead a different team to the NCAA Championships. The first time was at San Jose State in 1996 when they came in 10th and the second coming in 2001 at Oregon State with a 12th place showing.
The last time the Hogs were in the NCAA tournament in 1999 it was under coach Bill Woodley and they came in a tie for 24th.
“The guys came out today with a lot riding on them,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “They hung in there and did what was expected of them. Bradshaw and Wing played very consistently, but let a couple shots slide on the 18th hole. Now it’s a new season and we’re looking forward to this opportunity to play at the NCAA tournament.”
Junior Andrew Dahl was the Hogs’ high finisher in a tie for 11th place at the tournament with a four-under-par 212 after shooting a 73 in the final round. In the first round he fired a 68 and in the second he had a 71. Freshman Paul Bradshaw shot a 72 in the final round to put himself in a tie for 27th place with an even 216. Bradshaw had a 71 in the first and 73 in the second.
Junior Adam Wing also shot a 72 in the third round after having two first rounds of 74 for a four-over-par 220. His score put him in a tie for 48th. Junior Seth Murphy carded a 75 for a total score of 222 and six over par after shooting a 73 in the first and 74 in the second. Murphy finished in a tie for 67th.
Freshman Darren Holder turned in a 75 in the last round after having a 74 in the second. Holder’s first round was disqualified when his scorecard had an error on it.
The Razorbacks, along with the other golf teams that finished in the top 10 of the three regions, will compete in Stillwater, Okla., on May 27-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club.
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