SAN MARTIN, Calif.- The University of Arkansas men’s golf team concluded their fall season at the CordeValle Collegiate on Wednesday. The three-day tournament did not hold as much fortune for the Razorbacks as what its fans and head coach Brad McMakin had hoped. The Hogs finished in 6th place among 12 teams with a 40-over score of 1120.
Not surprisingly, the University of Southern California was the leader of the day and the entire tournament with four of its players ending in the top 10, and an even par 1080. USC’s Tim Sluiter tied at 4-under 212 with Washington’s Nick Taylor for first place.
The Razorbacks top two performers Andrew Landry and David Lingmerth did not play as well this week as they normally do, with Lingmerth having a very difficult day on the links in the third round. Lingmerth went 13-over for the day, carrying a birdie, seven bogies, a double-bogie, and finally harsh eight stroke score on a par 3 hole on the sixteenth.
“Obviously, today was a bad day for us. We got off to a terrible start, battled back. Realistically going in, we could have only gone up a spot, but we didn’t have good scores. USC is a really strong team, and we have a long way to go to compete at that level. But, we probably we could have shaved off 10-15 strokes from today’s round,”McMakin said of the day.
Although not playing at his optimum level, Arkansas’ Landry lead the Razorbacks in the tournament, finishing in a tie for 18th place at 5-over 221(73-75-74). Freshman Ethan Tracy followed in a tie in 21st at 7-over 223(75-74-74). Allen McFerran was 8-over for a tied 25th place 224(72-77-75). McMakin pointed out both Tracy and McFerran, “had made a considerable contribution in this week’s tournament.”
Jamie Marshall carded a 10-over 226(78-73-75). Followed by Lingmerth who suffered tremendously on the 16th, ending the tournament with a 234(72-77-85). “David had a really rough time there, getting into the bunker, and not being able to get out. The ball came back on him, and it was actually an easy hole.” And finally Christoffer Arvidsson came in with a 241(85-80-76). “Christoffer helped us out today.”
“We are disappointed, but all in all we have had a good semester. There are certainly some things we need to work on during the off-season, but we will be back in the spring. ”
The Razorbacks close the fall season with three strong performances, two team wins, two individual wins, and a No. 6 ranking, making this season much more successful than previous ones. The Hogs will be back on the course for their first appearance of the spring February 22 at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate.