Men's fall countdown: No. 28 Arkansas
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Next up on our men's 2014 fall countdown, No. 28 Arkansas
Editor's note: The rankings are those of our college expert, Lance Ringler, as he looked ahead to the collegiate preseason. The official Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings won't be available until a couple of the weeks into the fall season. Our staff of Andy Zunz, Cassie Stein and Brentley Romine are writing the individual profiles of the teams.
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Preseason rank: 28
Final 2013-14 Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 19
2013-14 in review: The Razorbacks had some good performances – two victories, at the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate and Gator Invitational, and a runner-up showing at the NCAA Columbia (Mo.) Regional. But last season also left some to be desired – T-6 at the SEC Championship and T-18 at the NCAA Championship. Sebastian Cappelen and Taylor Moore formed a dynamic one-two punch, but Arkansas lacked consistency behind them.
Notable departures: Sebastian Cappelen
Key returnees: Juniors Taylor Moore, Nicolas Echavarria and Kolton Crawford
Newcomers of note: Freshmen Alvaro Ortiz and Emil Sogaard
Circled on the fall calendar: Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational, Sept. 12-14, Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club
Fall outlook: Arkansas boasts one of the top players in the Southeastern Conference in Moore, one of four juniors on the roster. Moore had five top 10s as a sophomore and also won the Saguaro Amateur last winter. This summer, he shared medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur before bowing out in the first round. Echavarria had a nice summer, winning the Mexican Amateur, notching a top 10 at the Sunnehanna and nearly making the 16-player match-play field at the Western Amateur. Crawford showed glimpses last season and could be a solid piece, as could both true freshmen. Ortiz is the younger brother of former North Texas standout and current Web.com Tour money leader Carlos Ortiz. Sogaard is one of the top young players in Denmark.
Coach's perspective: "We have three solid players with a lot of experience and two good incoming freshmen with two other returning players that also made the U.S. Amateur (Alec Tahy and Zach Coats)." – head coach Brad McMakin