Razorback Golfers Finish Tied for Sixth at Hackler Invitational
Murrells Inlet, S.C. – The Arkansas men’s golf team finished tied for sixth at the General Jim Hackler Invitational at the 6,950-yard TPC of Myrtle Beach on Monday.
The Razorbacks fired a 9-over-par 297 in the final round on to finish in a tie with Texas Tech with a 54-hole total of 27-over-par 891.
The Hogs shot a 6-over-par 294 in Sunday’s opening round and came back with a 12-over-par round of 300 in the second round of the day.
The Arkansas golfers had to make every shot count over the final two rounds after Beau Glover was forced to withdraw after injuring his hand on a bunker shot on the 18th hole of the first round. Glover finished the final hole to preserve his first-round 73 but could not continue. Glover’s x-rays showed no fractures, and he is currently listed as day-to-day.
“Of course I would like to see us finish a little higher on the scoreboard, but I was proud of the way we competed this weekend,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “This is a relentless golf course that doesn’t allow you to make any mistakes. It becomes even harder when you are playing with four golfers for the final two rounds and have no room for mistakes.”
East Tennessee State (286-289-292=867) held off host Coastal Carolina (288-292-297=877) for the 10-shot win. Pepperdine finished third with a three-round total of 23-over-par 887. Florida State and Virginia Tech tied for fourth with a 24-over-par total of 888.
Eric Shriver led the Razorback contingent with a tie for 11th place. He shot a 75 on Monday and struggled down the stretch, dropping five shots on the back-nine. He finished with a 54-hole total of 3-over-par 219. Pepperdine’s Alex Coe claimed medalist honors with a 69 on Monday to finish with a three-round total of 6-under-par 210.
Junior Matt Bortis fired the Razorbacks low score of the tournament on Monday with a 2-under-par 70 to rally for a 22nd place tie. Sophomore Scotty Campbell tied for 41st after shooting a 6-over-par 78 on Monday.
Freshman Jordan Payne turned in his best round of the tournament on Monday with a 2-over-par 74 to finish in a tie for 52nd place.
Arkansas is off to the Hall of Fame Invitational in Houston, Texas, next weekend at the Redstone Golf Club. The tournament begins on Friday, March 17 and concludes on Sunday, March 19.