Ketcham Named Regional Coach of the Year; Dahl
BY ANDRES FOCIL
STILLWATER, Okla. – The Golf Coaches Association of American (GCAA) announced award recipients for the Division I at the GCAA Award Dinner on May 30 in Stillwater, Okla., following the NCAA Championships.
Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham was named the South Central Regional Coach of the Year after bringing the Razorbacks to their first NCAA Championship appearance since 1999. They finished 27th with a score of 947 (+83) through three rounds.
In addition to competing at nationals, Ketcham’s 23rd-ranked Hogs have won or tied for first in three tournaments this year and registered 13 top 10 finishes, the most since the 1992-93 campaign.
“We have raised the bar for this golf program next year,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “We’ve brought this program back to a national stage. I’m disappointed the team didn’t fare better at the championships, but on a positive note it was a great learning experience. It will help us out a lot for next year. We’ll have all five golfers back from this squad, plus two new freshmen. The outlook is definitely bright.”
Junior Andrew Dahl earned second-team All-America honors. Dahl is the first Razorback since Craig Lile in 2001 to be named to an All-America team. Dahl was also named to the All-Region Team with teammate, junior Adam Wing.
“Andrew has had an outstanding season and the most amazing thing is how consistent he has been,” Ketcham said. “He’s been able to elevate his game in the biggest tournaments. It’s quiet an honor and it’s something he’ll be able to carry all his life. No one can take that away from him. I’m proud of him. He’s worked hard and come a long way. I know he’s going to have even higher goals for himself next year.”
At the NCAA Championships Dahl carded a one-under round of 71 in Friday’s final round to finish tied for 10th at the Karsten Creek Golf Course. Dahl posted a tournament total of 295 (+7) after recording scores of 73, 81 and 70 in the first three rounds, respectively.
The Salinas, Calif., native became only the fourth Razorback golfer since 1986 to record a national top 10 individual finish. In addition, Dahl captured individual titles at the Stonebridge Invitational and the Border Olympics.
Wing has the second-lowest stroke average on the team with a 73.2, after seeing action in 12 tournaments. He has posted seven top 25 finishes, while his best was at the Stonebridge Invitational with a tie for sixth place and a two-under-par 214 (71-74-69). At the NCAA Championships Wing recorded rounds of 82, 85 and 79 for a total score of 246 (+30).
“This summer we’re going to continue to improve as a team,” Ketcham said. “The summer is very important for college golfers. We’re going to work hard, get better and be ready in the fall.”
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