FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After another NCAA Championship appearance last season, the Arkansas men’s golf program will open the 2016-17 campaign among the best teams in the nation, checking in at No. 20 in the Bushnell Golfweek preseason poll released Friday morning.
Of the 15 teams that made the 54-hole cut at the 2016 NCAA Championship, 14 are listed in the preseason poll, including the Razorbacks who finished last year as the No. 12 team in the nation. The Southeastern Conference dominates the rankings with nine teams ranked in the top 25 as it continues to boast the best golf in the country.
Head coach Brad McMakin enters his 11th season at the helm of the program and has led Arkansas to five NCAA Championship appearances in the last eight years and 22 tournament titles.
After losing the firepower of seniors Taylor Moore, Nicolas Echavarria and Kolton Crawford, the highly touted incoming recruiting class will have big shoes to fill as four newcomers and four returners look to continue a championship tradition and advance to NCAA Regionals for the 10th consecutive season.
Arkansas opens its season next weekend on the West Coast at historic Pebble Beach, taking part in the Carmel Cup on Sept. 2-4. The Razorbacks will once again play one of the premier schedules in the country after its 2015-16 slate was ranked the seventh-toughest in the nation.
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