FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas men’s golf team is set to compete in 10 regular season events during the fall and spring of 2010-11 it was announced by head coach Brad McMakin on Wednesday.
Arkansas begins its’ fall schedule in mid-September and plays five tournaments before a two-month break over the winter. Play picks up again in mid-February and could run to as late as June 5.
"I really like this schedule," Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. "It has a good assortment of courses that we are familiar with as well as new courses with diverse playing surfaces and conditions. It should also test us from a competition stand point as every tournament boasts some of the best teams in the nation. By the time we reach the SEC Championship in early April the team should be tested in every facet of its game."
The Razorbacks open in familiar territory with the Gopher Invitational in Wayzata, Minn. This is the fourth time in four years that Arkansas has played at Spring Hill Golf Club and has been the runner up in two of its three trips. The schedule continues with a trip to Baja California Sur, Mexico, and the Cabo Collegiate, Oct. 2-4, hosted by Santa Clara University. This is the golf team’s first trip to the tournament hosted at the Querencia Country Club.
After just a few days off, the Hogs go to the Jack Nicklaus in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 11-12 and finish a tough October schedule with the David Toms Intercollegiate, Oct. 18-19, in Baton Rouge, La. The fall schedule concludes with the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas, Texas, Nov. 1-2. All three tournaments to end the fall season are first time visits for the Razorbacks.
Arkansas’ spring slate opens with the Battle at the Beach in Newport Beach, Calif. This is Arkansas’ second trip to the UCLA-hosted tournament and was a great start for the Razorbacks in 2010 as now senior Jamie Marshall shot a 65 on the final round of play to propel the Razorbacks to a second-place finish. A new competition to the schedule, the John Hayt Invitational is next for the Hogs. Hosted by North Florida in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., the tournament is the first of back-to-back visits to the Sunshine state as the Razorbacks return to the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee for the third straight year, March 10-13.
The regular season schedule concludes with consecutive trips to Texas for the Border Olympics, March 25-26, and the Morris Williams Intercollegiate, April 4-5. Arkansas has participated in the Border Olympics 16 times over the years, the second most of any competition since 1990 next to the Southeastern Conference Championships, and have won seven of those trips. The Morris Williams has appeared on Arkansas’ schedule nine times including each of the past two seasons.
The SEC Championship is scheduled for April 15-17 on St. Simons Island, Ga., and is followed by the NCAA Regional, May 19-21, and the NCAA Championship, May 31-June 5. The NCAA Regional locations include Tucson, Ariz., Erie, Colo., Ocala, Fla., Zionsville, Ind., Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Blacksburg, Va., with the NCAA Championship being contested at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.