Razorbacks Face Loaded Schedule In 2016-17
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – On the heels of its fifth NCAA Championship appearance in the last eight years, the Arkansas men’s golf team will once again play one of the premier schedules in the country in 2016-17, appearing in 11 regular season events against the best teams in the nation.
Seven of the 11 events on the upcoming slate will be return trips from last year, almost mirroring a schedule that ranked as the seventh-toughest in the nation and sent Arkansas to its ninth-straight at-large bid to NCAA Regionals.
For the second consecutive year, the Razorbacks will open their season on the West Coast at historic Pebble Beach, taking part in the Carmel Cup Sept. on 2-4. Arkansas will play five tournaments during the fall semester, before returning to action in the spring on Feb. 6-7 at TPC Sawgrass for the Sea Best Invitational.
The Razorbacks’ only change from last year’s spring schedule is a trip to Gainesville, Florida on Feb. 18-19 for the SunTrust Gator Invitational. Last year’s loaded field featured five teams that advanced to the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Oregon.
The 2017 SEC Championship returns to Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Georgia for the eighth consecutive year on April 21-24. The Razorbacks finished T-3rd at the event a year ago and are the only team in the SEC to post a top-six finish in the league championship for eight consecutive years.
NCAA Regionals is scheduled for May 15-17 at six venues around the country, while the 2017 NCAA Championship will take place on May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
Head coach Brad McMakin enters his 11th year at the helm of the program in 2016-17, leading Arkansas to nine straight NCAA Regionals and five NCAA Championship appearances.
McMakin has guided the Razorbacks to 22 team titles, including 17 in the last six years. Arkansas has won at least one tournament in all 10 seasons since McMakin was named the head coach in 2006, accumulating an overall record of 1,071-479-26 (.687).
The Razorbacks have recorded at least one All-American in 10 consecutive years, including four players that have earned All-American honors multiple times.
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