Razorbacks Return to Greens at the Maxwell
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The 19th-ranked Arkansas golf team will make its return to the greens for the first time since its seventh place showing at the Southeastern Conference Championships on April 27, when it travels to Ardmore, Okla., May 10-11, for the Perry Maxwell Intercollegiate. The Hogs will use this tournament as an opportunity to put the conference championships behind them and prepare for the NCAA Central Regional Championships.
“This tournament comes at a great time for us,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “We’re coming out of finals without having practice for about eight or nine days. The Maxwell will give us an opportunity to get the competitive juices flowing again for the regional championships. It’s a fun tournament and they do a great job of hosting it. We’re really looking forward to it and being able to work out a few of the kinks we had at SEC’s.”
The same five golfers who represented the UA in the league tournament will play again this weekend. Juniors Andrew Dahl, Seth Murphy and Adam Wing and freshmen Paul Bradshaw and Darren Holder are ready to take on Dornick Hills Country Club’s 6442-yard, 70-par golf course.
Dahl is pacing the Razorback team with a low stroke average of 71.3 and is coming off a fifth place finish (214, +4) at the SEC Championships. Wing is next with an average of 73.3 and in the final round of the conference championship he carded a career-best round of 65 to finish in a tie for 22nd. Last year at the Maxwell Wing was UA’s high finisher when he tied for ninth with a four-over-par 214.
Murphy has an even 74 and is looking to improve his performance after coming in a tie for 50th with a score of 232 (+22) at the conference championships. Bradshaw also has a 74 average, while Holder is next with 75.4. Holder has been the team’s consistent fourth man in the five tournaments he has competed in and is looking to step up his role this weekend.
Joining Arkansas at the Maxwell is Colorado, Houston, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Florida, North Texas, Oklahoma (29), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma State (8), Penn State, SMU (35), Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa and Washington.
Regionals will be next on the schedule for the Hogs on May 15-17 in Manhattan, Kansas. Arkansas must finish in the top 10 of the 27-team field in order to advance to the NCAA Championships on May 27-31 in Stillwater, Okla.
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