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Men’s golf. Year of the Hog?

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Men’s golf.  Year of the Hog?

Fayetteville, Ark.- In the third installment of the Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches’ Poll of the fall season, the University of Arkansas men’s golf team rank at the No. 14 spot. The team was awarded 229 points in the poll. Just a few short weeks ago, the team had only received 41 votes, not yet breaking into the top 25.

In just a month’s time the Razorbacks have made three tournament appearances, clinching the win in two, first taking the win at the Maryland Collegiate Invitational and the most recent victory at the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic.

Arkansas is also officially leading Southeastern Conference play in the Golfstat Head-to-Head Standings posted on Friday. Following Arkansas’s lead were the University of Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia.

David Lingmerth, who finished as Arkansas’ top player in three of twelve tournament appearances last year, is proving to be a consistent and formidable player this season. Golfstat now ranks Lingmerth at No. 5 in the SEC Head-to-Head Standings.

Head coach, Brad McMakin is in his third year at Arkansas, and may be as surprised as anyone about the speed in which his team has been able to improve.

“Right now, we are at least seven deep in good players, and I thought it would take us years to get to this point. But here we are a competitive team; when we play well, we can play with anybody.”

The Razorbacks will make their next tournament appearance at the Baylor Invitational Oct. 27, where it will face Baylor, BYU, College of Charleston, Houston, Kansas, Lamar, New Mexico, Oklahoma, SMU, Saint Mary’s and Texas A&M.



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