Arkansas Climbs Two Spots In National Poll
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After posting its best Southeastern Conference Championship finish in eight years last week, the Arkansas men’s golf team moved up two spots in the latest Golfstat Top 25 Poll, checking in at No. 21 in the country.
The Razorbacks are one of eight SEC teams in this week’s national poll, with SEC champion Georgia at No. 5, followed by Vanderbilt at No. 8 and Auburn at No. 10. LSU (14), Florida (16), South Carolina (17), Alabama (18) and Arkansas (21) all made appearances in the top 25.
Arkansas knocked off five of those eight teams last week at Sea Island Golf Club and tied with Florida to post a 5-1-1 head-to-head mark against ranked SEC foes.
The third place finish last week gave Arkansas a top-six finish in the SEC Championship for eight straight years under head coach Brad McMakin, and its best showing since a runner-up finish in 2009. The Razorbacks improved their spring-head-to-head record to 71-23-3 heading into NCAA Regional play.
Arkansas has had three different individual winners this spring as Taylor Moore captured the All-American Intercollegiate, Nicolas Echavarria won the Southern Intercollegiate and Alvaro Ortiz topped the leaderboard at the Aggie Invitational.
The Razorbacks have finished in the top five in seven of the last nine tournaments, led by a team-best 71.4 stroke average from Moore, while Echavarria is second at 72.3. Ortiz averages 72.8 strokes per round and Kolton Crawford (73.4) and Charles Kim (73.8) round out the starting five.
The Razorbacks will learn their NCAA Regional destination Thursday, May 5 when the field is announced at 9:30 a.m. CDT on the Golf Channel.
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