Razorbacks Return to Greens with Border Olympi
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After a two-week break the Arkansas golf team will hit the road again when it travels to Laredo, Texas for the Border Olympics on April 4-5. This will mark the 14th time in 19 years the Razorbacks have competed on Laredo Country Club’s 7,125-yard, 72-par golf course and they hope to improve on their 10th place finish (904) from a year ago.
“We’re looking forward to playing after our two-week break,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “Our break allowed us to rest physically and mentally and now we’re ready to get on with the most important part of our season. Laredo’s golf course is a big course and has the ability to yield low numbers.
“It’s also one of the oldest tournaments in the country and Texas A&M does a good job of hosting it,” Ketcham said. “Coach Sadie and myself both played in it while we were in college. It always draws a good field and will be a great test for this part of the season.”
The Razorbacks are the highest ranked team (23), among the 20 golf programs coming into tourney. Joining Arkansas are Alabama-Birmingham, Baylor (41), BYU (46), Colorado State (38), Iowa State, Kansas State, Lamar (43), Louisiana-Lafayette, Notre Dame, Rhode Island, San Diego State (36), SMU (42), Southwest Texas State, UT-Arlington, Texas Tech, UT-San Antonio, Rice and Washington State.
Juniors Andrew Dahl, Seth Murphy, Adam Wing, senior Nick Beach and freshman Darren Holder are representing the UA on the course. The Border Olympics will be the eighth tournament Dahl and Wing have competed in this year. Dahl continues to lead to the team with a 71.6 stroke average and five top 10 finishes. Wing is next with an average of 73.1 and five top 25 performances in 2002-03.
Murphy is going into Laredo with a 73.8 average and three top 25 finishes under his belt. Beach has the fifth best average on the Razorbacks squad (74.3) and has turned in two top 25 finishes. This will be only the third tournament Holder has played in and will be looking to build on his school record round of 63 he put up in the second round of the Taylor Made Classic.
After the Hogs return from Laredo, Texas they will travel to Auburn, Ala., for the Billy Hitchcock Invitational on April 10-13, before preparing for the Southeastern Conference Championships on April 24-27 in Sea Island, Ga.
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