Razorbacks Move Up to Fifth After Second Round
BY ANDRES FOCIL
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The 20th-ranked Arkansas golf team was able to move up the leader board to tie for fifth place with North Carolina and SMU after the second round of the NCAA Central Region Championships. The Hogs shot a 292 for a combined two-day score of 578 (+2) and are now eight strokes behind the leader, Illinois (570, -6), after being in tenth place Thursday.
The UA was able persevere through the heavy rains and driving 20 mile-per-hour winds in the morning on Colbert Hills Golf Course.
“I’m really proud of our guys and the way they played today,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “We got off to a slow start and had to play the first two or three holes in rain and strong winds. To me that’s a sign of a good golf team, when they can stick together and get through those playing conditions. Today’s round will go a long way for the future of this golf team. They could have easily thrown in the towel, but they hung tough. They made a bad situation into a good one.
“Heading into tomorrow the thing that makes me feel good is the consistency we’re playing with,” Ketcham said. “We need to continue that and have the mentality that we’re the No. 1 team coming out of the central region.”
Junior Andrew Dahl shot a one-under-par 71 for a total of 139 (-5). His score put him a tie for third place and only two shots off the leaders. Freshman Paul Bradshaw was next with a one-over-par 73. After going 71 yesterday, Bradshaw’s total was an even 144 for a tie at 25th.
Juniors Seth Murphy and Adam Wing and freshman Darren Holder all shot a two-over-par 74 in the second round. Murphy’s total score is a three-over-par 147 for a tie at 48th place. Wing is at 148 (+4) in a tie for 59th. Holder’s first round score was disqualified after an error in his scorecard was found, but it does not affect the team score.
The Razorbacks’ tee time for the final round is set for 7:15 a.m., on Saturday with North Carolina and SMU.
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