FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The No. 8 University of Arkansas men’s golf team opens its 2012-13 season on Sunday morning at the Gopher Invitational, contested at Spring Hill Golf Club in Wayzata, Minn. The Razorbacks are one of 15 teams in the field and enter as the defending champion, having won the event a year ago. Arkansas brought a veteran squad to the 2011 Gopher Invitational and took the team title by three strokes. The 2012 Razorbacks have some new faces that will have to contend with tight fairways and fast greens if they hope to repeat as the team champions. The Arkansas lineup for the Gopher Invitational includes senior Austin Cook, a three-year veteran of the event, junior Sebastian Cappelen, last season’s individual runner-up, sophomore Thomas Sorensen and freshmen Nicolas Echavarria and Taylor Moore. Sorensen, Echavarria and Moore are playing in their first Gopher Invitational. The Gopher Invitational field is one of the best in the event’s history with the host Minnesota, No. 3 California, No. 18 Kent State, No. 23 New Mexico, No. 25 Oklahoma, Charlotte, Iowa, Lamar, Memphis, North Texas, Penn State, SMU and St. Johns. California made it to the national semifinals at the 2012 NCAA Championship while Kent State was a quarterfinalist and Oklahoma finished 11th. Arkansas has a long history with the Gopher Invitational as it plays in its sixth straight event. The Razorbacks have top three straight top three finishes at the event and been in the top three in four of their previous five appearances. This is the fifth time in six years that Arkansas has opened its season at the Gopher Invitational. Contested at Spring Hill Golf Club, a par 72, 7,020-yard course, teams will play 36 holes on Sunday and conclude the tournament with 18 on Monday. The Razorbacks are slated to begin play at 8:30 a.m. on holes No. 8 through No. 11, with players from Memphis and Kent State. Second round action should begin around 1:30 p.m.