Razorbacks Return to Greens at Perry Maxwell I
BY ANDRES FOCIL
ARDMORE, Okla. – No. 23 Arkansas will compete in its first tournament since the Razorbacks finished ninth at the Southeastern Conference Championships four weeks ago, when they travel to Ardmore, Okla., for the Perry Maxwell Intercollegiate. The Hogs will play 36 holes on Saturday May 15, and 18 holes on Sunday, May 16, on the Dornick Hills Country Club’s par 70, 6,442-yard golf course.
“We’re ready to start playing again,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “This is one of my favorite events, because the city of Ardmore really gets behind it and it doesn’t count towards team or individual rankings. This tournament comes at a great time, because it allows us to play right before regionals, so it’s a nice tune up since we haven’t played in four weeks. It has a great field and most of the teams there are going to a regional.”
Fourteen other schools will join UA, including No. 14 Augusta State, No. 41 Baylor, No. 32 Colorado, Houston, North Florida, North Texas, No. 17 Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, No. 8 Oklahoma State, Penn State, No. 33 SMU, No. 36 Texas Tech, Texas-Arlington and No. 31 Tulsa.
Seniors Andrew Dahl, Chad Faucett and Seth Murphy and freshmen Matt Bortis and Beau Glover will continue to represent Arkansas on the course. Dahl is coming off an eighth place showing at the SEC Championships and will look to notch another top 10 performance in Oklahoma. He has maintained the lowest stroke average on the team with a 72.3.
Bortis is next with a 73.3 average and has four top 20 finishes to his name. He was also the team’s second man at the league tourney. Faucett is close behind with an average of 73.9. He has served as a consistent No. 3 golfer for the Arkansas team and has recorded three top-10 finishes.
Murphy will be appearing in his 10th tournament of the year and has carded a 74.2 average with his performances. Glover has been a significant contributor as a freshman with a 74.6 average. He has also turned in five top-30 finishes through eight tournament appearances.
After the Hogs return from Oklahoma they will gear up for the NCAA Central Regional Championships on May 20-22. Arkansas earned the seventh seed and will play on the Kampen Course of the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex.
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