Razorbacks Invited to Compete in Japan Tournam
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The 24th-ranked Arkansas golf team was invited as one of four programs in the United States to participate in an all-expenses paid trip to the Topy Cup in Tokyo, Japan. The tournament will take place September 9-11, on Tanagura Country Club’s 72-par, 7,086-yard golf course.
“This is a great opportunity for us to compete on an international level,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “It’s an opportunity to start the fall season off on the right foot. It’s an honor for our golf program that people think so much of our team. It’s based on the kind of year you’ve had and where they think we’re going to be next year. In that respect we have eight golfers returning plus two freshmen. It’s nice that people notice what we’re doing.”
The Razorbacks proved themselves this past season when they registered three tourney victories and 13 top 10 finishes, that culminated into a trip to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 1999. Arkansas came in 27th, while All-SEC and junior Andrew Dahl tied for 10th. He became only the fourth Hog golfer to post a national individual top 10 finish since 1986 and earned second-team All-America honors for his efforts.
Joining UA will be up-and-coming golf programs of North Carolina State (17) and Washington (19). A fourth team has yet to be announced. At the NCAA Championships N.C. State posted a 15th place showing, while Washington finished in a tie for 11th. In addition to the four U.S. teams eight Japanese teams will round out the field. Fresno State head coach Mike Watney and Hall of Fame Golf Coach Jerry Vroom serve as the selection committee for the international tournament.
Arkansas is Ketcham’s second team to be picked for the Topy Cup. His San Jose State squad was chosen for their performance in the 1995-96 season, but Ketcham was hired as the Oregon State head coach for the fall of 1996 and was unable to make to trip to Tokyo with the Spartans.
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