Razorbacks on Bubble in Tenth Place After Firs
BY ANDRES FOCIL
MANHATTAN, Kan. – After one round of the NCAA Central Region Championships the 20th-ranked Arkansas golf team found itself on the bubble in tenth place with a score of 286 and two under par. Ninth seeded and 21st-ranked Illinois, who the UA is paired with, has taken a commanding lead over the rest of the field with a 13-under-par 275.
“I think we have an outstanding chance to move up the leader board over the next two days,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “Adam got off to a bad start and didn’t really materialize. Darren and Paul finished strong and put themselves in a good frame of mind for tomorrow. Andrew was solid through the entire day.
“This golf course was here for the taking for anyone and we just didn’t make the most of our opportunities,” Ketcham said. “We’re in a position to have success this weekend, but we need production at our three, four and five guys. We need par or better from them. We hung in there today, even when we struggled at the 11, 12 and 13 holes. I’m really proud of our guys.”
Junior Andrew Dahl is leading the Hogs in a tie for fifth place on Colbert Hills Golf Course. He shot a four-under-par 68. Freshman Paul Bradshaw is next with a one-under-par 71. His score put him a tie for 30th.
The next three Razorbacks are further down the leader board. Junior Seth Murphy is tied for 57th after shooting 73 (+1). Junior Adam Wing is tied for 83rd with a 74 and two over par. After having a career-best finish last weekend at the Maxwell freshman Darren Holder is tied for 108th with a four-over-par 76.
In order to advance to the NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Okla., on May 27-30, the Hogs must finish in the top 10 of the central region. Tee time for Friday is set for 7:57 a.m. Pairings for Saturday will be made according to position at the end of two rounds.
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