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Men’s golf set for NCAA Regional

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Men’s golf set for NCAA Regional

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The No. 11 University of Arkansas men’s golf team completed its practice round at the 2012 NCAA Bowling Green Regional on Wednesday at The Club at Olde Stone. The 54-hole event, which is the gateway to the NCAA Championship, begins on Thursday morning for the Razorbacks at 8 a.m. Arkansas is making its fifth straight NCAA Regional appearance and the 19th in school history. The 14-team field is looking to finish among the top five in order to advance to NCAA Championship at the end of the month. Arkansas enters the event as the No. 2 seed in the region behind third-ranked UCLA. Other top 25 teams in the field include No. 15 Texas A&M and No. 21 Clemson with North Texas, Chattanooga and Memphis among the nation’s top 40. “We had a good practice round today,” Arkansas Head Coach Brad McMakin said. “This is a tough course and I thought that our ball striking was pretty solid. Any scores around par this weekend will be a great day and I think that we should be right in the mix to make the NCAA Championship field.” The Razorback contingent for the regional includes senior Ethan Tracy, juniors Austin Cook and Josh Eure, sophomore Sebastian Cappelen and freshman Thomas Sorensen. Tracy, Cook, Eure and Cappelen have all competed in at least one NCAA Regional with the lone newcomer, Sorensen. The quintet saw the long, 7,248-yard, par 72 course for the first time on Wednesday and got a feel for the undulating greens and long par five holes. The Razorbacks’ regional participation is its fifth in six seasons with McMakin at the helm of the program. In four previous appearances, Arkansas has qualified for the NCAA Championship two times including a tie for second at the national championship in 2009. The Razorbacks also qualified for the NCAA field in 2011, while just missing the cut in 2010. Arkansas will tee off at 8 a.m. from the first tee at The Club at Olde Stone with players from UCLA and Texas A&M. Eure will be the first player off the tee and will be followed by Cook, Sorensen, Cappelen and Tracy.



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