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Arkansas Golf Team Finishes 12th at NCAA Championships

Monday wasn't a fun day.

Razorback Communications

The Razorbacks were in great shape to advance to the match play portion of the NCAA Tournament, but a disastrous day on Monday knocked them out of the field.

The Hogs came in to the tournament ranked 21st, but ultimately finished 12th, which isn't a bad showing even though they have to be disappointed to go out not playing their best.

Arkansas was in 6th place heading into Monday and needed to finish in the top 8, but an 18-over day was the worst score among the final 15, and it pushed the Hogs down to 12th. They still finished ahead of Florida, Kentucky, and Louisville in the final 15.

From the UA press release:

The Razorbacks will say goodbye to a trio of seniors that had stellar collegiate careers, as Taylor Moore, Nicolas Echavarria and Kolton Crawford combined to play 137 tournaments and 401 rounds at Arkansas.

“I’m obviously really disappointed we didn’t make the final eight, but I couldn’t be more proud of these guys,” head coach Brad McMakin said. “Coming down the stretch we knew it was out of reach and I just wanted to cherish every moment I could with these seniors. I’ve been through a lot with these guys and they are like family. I’ll certainly miss this group.”

Arkansas got a birdie on the opening hole of the day from Charles Kim, and three of the five players birdied the par five fourth hole, but the Razorbacks shot 12-over the next three holes to fall below the cut line. Five birdies on the final two holes of the front nine put Arkansas to within one shot of the final eight, but seven double bogeys on the day proved to be the difference as the Razorbacks saw their season come to an end.

Moore capped his collegiate career with a 2-over 72 to finish as the low man for the 48th time as a Razorback at T-26th overall. He birdied two of his final three holes in the championship. Kim (T-40th), Crawford (T-51st), Echavarria (T-60th) and Alvaro Ortiz (T-71st) rounded out the team.

The Razorbacks end the 2015-16 season with a head-to-head record of 119-59-6, including a spring mark of 99-35-4.