WINDERMERE, Fla. – It was a total team performance that allowed the No. 15 University of Arkansas men’s golf team to move up in the standings at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational on Monday as four of the Razorbacks’ five players shot two-over par or better at Isleworth Country Club in Windermere, Fla.
The Razorbacks, who entered the day in a tie for 10, moved up to seventh after their four-over par round, a score that was one of the best team totals of the day. Led by freshman Nicolas Echavarria
’s round of even par, the Razorbacks stand at 16-over par after 36 holes and are within striking distance of the tournament’s top five teams. No. 1 California leads the way with a team score of three-over par, followed by Illinois (+6), No. 2 Texas (+7), No. 5 Florida (+7) and No. 6 New Mexico (+8).
Echavarria bounced back from a round of seven-over par on Sunday to shoot Arkansas’ low round on Monday at even par, a round that could have been among the best in the tournament had he not finished with a double bogey. Starting on No. 10, Echavarria birdied No. 11 and completed the back nine with seven pars and two birdies to make the turn at two-under par. Back-to-back bogeys on No. 2 and No. 3 moved him back to even, but birdies on No. 7 and No. 8 returned him to two-under with a single hole to play. The first-year player posted his only big score of the round on the par four, 443-yard hole to finish the round at even par.
Junior Joe Doramus
continued his fantastic fall with a round of one-over par, 73. Making his biggest strides on the par five holes on Monday, Doramus went from three-over par on the longest holes on Sunday to one-under par on Monday. Even par through his fifth hole of the day, the Little Rock, Ark., native posted a bogey on No. 15 and closed out the back nine at one-over par. A bogey on No. 2, his second bogey on the par threes, put him at two-over par, but a birdie on the par five, 573-yard seventh got him back to one-over par where he would end the round.
Stepping up in a big way was junior William Meason
who went from a first round, 80, to a second round 73. Meason avoided any big numbers during Monday’s round and counted four bogeys and three birdies to achieve his final score. One-over par on the back nine, he closed the course with even par on the final nine holes and perhaps could have been one better had he not bogeyed the final hole of the day. Meason’s round is his first that has contributed to Arkansas’ team score this season.
Senior Austin Cook
posted Arkansas’ fourth best score of the day when he finished with a two-over par, 74. Even par through nine holes, he had a birdie-bogey combination midway through the back nine, Cook was one-under par after a birdie on No. 1. He finished his round with three bogeys over the final eight holes.
Freshman Taylor Moore
, who was brilliant on Sunday, carded Arkansas’ high round on Monday with a seven-over par, 79. Carding just a single birdie to six bogeys and a double, Moore could not duplicate his three-under round from 24 hours earlier, but is still tied for 22nd individually, a total that leads the Razorbacks.
The Razorbacks conclude their fall season on Tuesday morning when they tee off with players from No. 14 Vanderbilt and North Florida in the final round of the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational. Arkansas will begin at 8 a.m. eastern from the first tee.