FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The 17th-ranked Arkansas men’s golf team opened the season with a strong performance versus one of the toughest fields in collegiate golf last weekend at the Carmel Cup and will turn around to once again face some of the nation’s best as the Razorbacks look to defend their title at the 14th Annual Gopher Invitational Sept. 9-10.
This year’s Gopher Invitational will once again be played at Windsong Farm Golf Club (par 71, 7,368 yards). Half of the 14-team field competed in last season’s NCAA Division I Championship, including Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Coastal Carolina, Michigan State, Purdue and San Diego State. Rounding out the field will be Charlotte, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina State, Utah and Washington.
The format includes 36 holes being played Sunday and 18 final holes on Monday. The Razorbacks will start early Sunday as they tee off with Michigan State and San Diego State between the times of 7:15 – 7:55 am (CT).
Last season, Arkansas poured in 17 birdies and two eagles and fired a final round 5-under 279 to run away from the field and capture the team championship at the Gopher Invitational. The Razorbacks opened the day with a one-shot lead and two of the top eight teams in the country lurking close behind, but they went 7-under during their final five holes to race away from the field and record a 10-shot victory. Arkansas’ 54-hole total of 848 tied the lowest score in Gopher Invitational history. Arkansas beat one of the best fields in collegiate golf, taking down nine nationally ranked teams, including No. 8 Baylor, No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 17 Kent State.
With the win last season – the first of two during the 2017-18 season, the Razorbacks captured a tournament title for the 12th consecutive season as head coach Brad McMakin has guided Arkansas to 26 victories in 12 years
The 14th Annual Gopher Invitational Information
Schedule: Sept. 9-10 | 54 holes (36 holes Sunday – 18 holes Monday)
Course: Windsong Farm Golf Club
Yardage: 6,828 – Par 72
Format: Play 6, count 5
(1) Luis Garza (Jr.)
(2) Julian Perico (Fr.)
(3) Tyson Reeder (Jr.)
(4) William Buhl (Jr.)
(5) Wil Gibson (Fr.)
(Ind.) Noah Edmondson (Sr.)
#37 Michigan State
North Carolina State
#46 San Diego State