Razorbacks Looking to Better Performance at Ga
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After a sixth-place finish at the Club Glove Intercollegiate the Arkansas golf team hopes to rebound when they travel to Tampa, Fla., for the Gary Koch Intercollegiate. The tournament hosted by the University of Florida and Kentucky will be held on Oct. 20-21, with a practice round on Oct. 19.
“We’re going back to a fairly familiar golf course,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham. “It’s a very good golf course and well-bunkered. The field will give us a chance to see some other teams in the SEC. Our main concern is to improve every week. Practice has been going well and their scoring is getting better. I think we’ll be able to get in more of a rhythm having three tournaments in a row.”
Seniors Andrew Dahl and Seth Murphy, sophomore Paul Bradshaw and freshmen Matt Bortis and Beau Glover will represent UA on Old Memorial’s par-72, 7,247-yard golf course. This will be Dahl’s third tournament to compete in for the fall season and the All-American has already posted a top-five finish at the Topy Cup. Murphy is coming off a third-place finish at the Club Glove Intercollegiate and is leading the team with a low stroke average of 72.3.
Glover was UA’s second man at the Club Glove Intercollegiate with a two-over-par 217 and is carding a 75.6 stroke average, while Bradshaw was last on the greens in Japan at the Topy Cup where he tied for 37th. The Gary Koch Intercollegiate will be Bortis’ first time to compete as a Razorback.
At last year’s Gary Koch Intercollegiate the Hogs turned in an outstanding performance as they finished the tournament in a tie for second. UA was only three strokes behind the leader, Florida, before the third round was canceled due to heavy rains. Ketcham hopes to lead his Razorbacks to that point again and pass a loaded field of competitors.
The 15-team field will provide a challenge for No. 21 Arkansas as it goes up against five other Southeastern Conference schools, including No. 1 ranked Florida, Alabama, Kentucky (29), LSU (41) and Ole Miss. Central Florida, College of Charleston, Florida State, Georgia Tech (5), North Carolina State, North Florida, South Florida and TCU (6) are also taking to the course.
The practice round on Sunday will begin with a shotgun start at 2 p.m., while the first and second rounds will start Monday morning at 7:50 a.m., and 12:30 p.m., respectively. The final round will conclude the tournament on Tuesday at 8 a.m.
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