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Razorbacks set to tee off at John Hayt

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks set to tee off at John Hayt

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — A week removed from their opening tournament of the spring season, the No. 8 University of Arkansas men’s golf team goes back to the Sunshine State to participate in the John Hayt Invitational in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., beginning on Sunday morning. The Razorbacks enter the competition as the defending champions, having rallied a year ago in the final round to take the team title. This season’s event at Sawgrass Country Club includes a very difficult field with nine of the 15 teams ranked among the nation’s top 50. Along with the No. 8 Razorbacks, the John Hayt includes No. 13, and tournament host, North Florida, No. 17 Central Florida, No. 23 LSU, No. 27 UAB, No. 38 Tennessee, No. 40 North Texas, No. 42 TCU, No. 49 Tulsa, Ole Miss, Mercer, Jacksonville, Georgia Southern, Furman and Coastal Carolina. “This should be another good competition for us,” Arkansas Head Men’s Golf Coach Brad McMakin said. “This is a challenging course that we have some familiarity with, but has a very good field which should push us each day. I am looking forward to see what our two freshmen, who haven’t had a chance to play here, can do.” The Razorbacks added freshman Thomas Sorensen to the lineup at the semester break and in his first tournament carded rounds of 79, 75 and 68. The third round, 68, was a team low for the Razorbacks and hopefully a glimpse of what the future may hold for the Dane. Joining Sorensen in the lineup are senior Ethan Tracy, who has five top five finishes in six tournaments this year, juniors Austin Cook and Josh Eure and sophomore Sebastian Cappelen. Freshman Kolton Crawford will compete as an individual. Sawgrass Country Club features a par 72, 6,910-yard course that should give players a challenge. The tournament record for an individual is 10-under par, set in 2001, and the largest margin of victory by any individual is just six strokes. The Razorbacks are scheduled to tee off at 8:45 a.m. eastern on Sunday morning from the first tee with players from North Florida and Tulsa.



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