Hogs compete at the SEC Championship

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ST. SIMON ISLAND, Ga.-With winds gusting around 30 mph, the No. 11 ranked University of Arkansas men’s golf teamed busted out of the gate in the round one of the three-day SEC Championships to end in second place on Friday. The Championship is being played for the second time at the 7,217 yard, par-72 Frederica Golf Club. No. 1 ranked Georgia took the lead in day one, going six strokes under to end at a 282. Arkansas fell into second place by eight strokes to finish at a 2-over 290. Just two strokes behind Arkansas, the University of Florida and Vanderbilt tied for third with 4-over 292. South Carolina and Mississippi State fell into a tie at fifth with a 5-over 293. Ole Miss carded an 8-over 296 in seventh place, followed by Kentucky in eighth at 9-over 297.LSU, who beat out Arkansas by three strokes for the win at the Reunion Intercollegiate last week, ended in a tie for ninth place with Auburn at 13-over 301. Trailing by four strokes at 17-over 305 Tennessee ended in 11th. The University of Alabama was No. 12 at 20-over 308.Kentucky’s Jordan Blann carded the lowest round for day one with a 5-under 67. Arkansas golfer David Lingmerth tied for fourth place in the first round with a 2-under 70. At just three strokes behind with a 1-over 73, Jason Cuthbertson and Andrew Landry were a part of a five-way tie in 16th place. Freshman Ethan Tracy helped to round out the Razorbacks tied for 21st with a 2-over 74. Jamie Marshall followed suite with a 4-over 76.“Although we did not hit the ball as well as we have been, we more than made up for it with our short game. Everyone is playing really well.” head coach Brad McMakin said. Considering Arkansas’s dismal performance at the 2008 Championship, the Hogs were pleased with such a strong start to this tournament. “The past two years we have been at the bottom of the boards,” McMakin said, “so to come here in the first round to be placed behind the No. 1 team Georgia, it is a huge improvement.”McMakin pointed to the winds as being the leg up on the competition his Razorbacks needed in day one saying, “Hopefully the winds will continue to blow for us tomorrow. Sunday is supposed to be calmer, so tomorrow will be a pivotal round for us.”The second round will commence on Saturday with live scoring again available on Golfstat.com