Razorbacks Fall to Finish 14th at Cleveland Go
BY ANDRES FOCIL
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. – The 13th-ranked Razorbacks were unable to move up the leader board as they finished the Cleveland Golf Classic in 14th place after turning in a score of 895 for 43 over par. It marked the first time Arkansas had finished out of the top 10 at a regular season tournament since its 14th place showing at the Louisiana Classics on March 12, 2002.
“We were not prepared for this tournament and the level of play we encountered,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “This week we’re going to get things right on the course before we leave for South Carolina.”
No. 14 Texas captured the team title with a five-under-par 847 and a 15-stroke leader over runner-up and host school Southern California. Matthew Rosenfeld helped the Longhorn’s cause when he claimed the individual title with a six-under-par 207 on North Ranch Country Club’s 71 par, 6,815-yard golf course.
Senior All-American Andrew Dahl played the most consistently as he was the top finisher for the Hogs. Dahl tied for 19th with a four-over-par 217. In today’s final round he started on the sixth hole and carried even pars all the way through No. 16. At the end of the day Dahl came away with a one-over-par 72 to go with his first and second round scores of 71 and 74.
After leading the tournament in the first round senior Seth Murphy fell to a tie for 62nd with teammate sophomore Paul Bradshaw. Murphy registered a career-best 66 in the first round, but put up scores of 78 and 84 in the second and third rounds, respectively. He ended the tournament with a 15-over-par 228.
Bradshaw’s best showing of two-over-par 73 came in the second round, but it was not enough to improve his standing as he shot a 77 in the first round and a 78 to conclude the tourney.
The two Razorback freshmen rounded out UA’s squad. Matt Bortis was unable to rebound from his first round performance of 11-over-par 82 and came away with a two-day total of 232 (+19) to tie for 75th. He carded second and third round scores of 72 and 78. Beau Glover tied for 86th with a 27-over-par 240. He shot first and final rounds of 78 to accompany his 84 from the second round.
When Arkansas returns from California they will prepare for the General Jim Hackler Intercollegiate. The tournament, hosted by Coastal Carolina University, will take place in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on March 7-9.
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