FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The No. 12 University of Arkansas men’s golf team begins its quest for a NCAA Championship on Thursday morning when it begins competition in the NCAA Fayetteville Regional at Blessings Golf Club. Arkansas is slated to begin at 8 a.m. from the first tee. The NCAA Fayetteville Regional is one of six regionals being held across the country that features the best teams in the nation. Arkansas earned a No. 2 seed in the Fayetteville Regional and will tee off with the No. 1 seed and fourth-ranked Texas as well as the No. 3 seed and 18th-ranked Oklahoma State on Thursday. Arkansas needs to finish among the top five teams at the regional to advance to the NCAA Championship, a task it has completed twice in the last four years under head coach Brad McMakin. “We are excited to be competing at home and hosting the regional,” McMakin said. “Our guys have been waiting for this ever since it was announced two years ago and can’t wait to step out onto the course. We had a great practice round today and I think that our home course knowledge will definitely help us throughout the three days of competition.” The NCAA Fayetteville Regional is the first NCAA men’s golf competition hosted by the University and Blessings and the second time the two entities have paired up after the 2012 Southeastern Conference Women’s Championship. Blessings is playing 7,251 yards for the weekend’s championship with a par of 72. Competing for the Razorbacks in their quest for a second NCAA Regional title in program history are senior Austin Cook, junior Sebastian Cappelen, sophomore Thomas Sorensen and freshmen Taylor Moore and Nicolas Echavarria. Cook is playing in his fourth regional, Cappelen his third and Sorensen his second. Along with Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma State, teams from Alabama State, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kent State, Kentucky, Liberty, SMU, Tulsa, UMKC, UNC-Wilmington and five individuals will play for a chance to advance to the 2013 NCAA Championship. All fans are encouraged to attend and there is no admission fee to watch some of the nation’s top teams play for a chance to move on.