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Razorbacks Stay Tied in 20th at NCAA Central R

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks Stay Tied in 20th at NCAA Central R


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Arkansas had high hopes of climbing up the leader board as the Razorbacks took to the course for the second round of the NCAA Central Regional Championships, but remained in a tie for 20th place with Lamar when they turned in a team score of 307 (+19). UA’s two-day total gave them a 45-over-par 621 and it is 16 shots out of the top 10 on the par 72, 7,259-yard Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. A top-10 showing was required of the Razorbacks to qualify for the NCAA Championships on June 1-4.
Even though most of the Hogs improved on their individual scores from Thursday’s opening round, the Arkansas team was unable to make a significant move towards the top 10 of the 27-team field. After an hour rain and lightening delay sixth-seeded Southeastern Conference opponent Kentucky took the lead from top-seeded Oklahoma State when the Wildcats put together a three-under-par 285 in the second round. They have a two-day total of 583 (+7), while the Cowboys are at 585 (+9). In the individual race Brandon Waldrop of Kentucky has a two-stroke cushion with a four-under-par 140.
Freshman Matt Bortis had the best second-round showing of the Razorbacks when he shot a three-over-par 75. He moved up from 70th place to a tie in 51st with a nine-over-par 153, after turning in a 78 in the first round.
Senior Andrew Dahl was leading the Hogs heading into today’s play with a one-over-par 73, but he was unable to keep that momentum going and carded a seven-over-par 79 in the second round. After positioning himself in the top 20 in the first round, his performance bumped him down to a tie for 42nd place with a score of eight-over-par 152.
Seniors Seth Murphy and Chad Faucett both significantly bettered their play in the second round and are tied in 92nd with a 14-over-par 158 with the help of two birdies each. Murphy shot a 77 (+5) after recording an 81 on Thursday, while Faucett fired a 76 (+4) in today’s round after posting an 82 in the first.
Freshman Beau Glover shaved one stroke off his play when he registered an 85 (+13). In the first round he had an 86 (+14). His performances have him placed in 139th with a total score of 171 (+27).
A third round will conclude the NCAA Central Regional Championships on Saturday morning.



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