THE WOODLANDS, Texas – The No. 10 University of Arkansas men’s golf team has a four-stroke lead in the team standings after 36 holes of The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate following Monday’s action at The Woodlands Golf Club.
Arkansas shot eight-under par in the first round of competition on Monday and returned to the course to shoot 12-under par as a team in the second round for a combined score of 556, 20-under par. The Razorbacks lead the competition by four strokes with No. 32 North Texas at 16-under par as a team. No. 14 Texas A&M (-14), SMU (-5) and Houston (-2) round out the top five of the 15-team tournament. Four Razorbacks, freshman Kolton Crawford, sophomore Sebastian Cappelen, junior Josh Eure (playing as an individual) and freshman Thomas Sorensen are all among the top five individuals in the tournament.
Crawford’s seven-under par score as an individual is one stroke off the lead behind Geoff Shaw of Texas A&M. A Mansfield, Texas, native, Crawford carded an eagle, five birdies, one bogey and a double bogey on his opening 18 holes for a score of four-under par. He was just as good, if not better, over his final 18 holes of the day as he recorded three birdies and 15 pars to shoot three-under par. Crawford’s opening round 68 matches his best collegiate round which he shot at the Cabo Collegiate in October, a tournament which was played on a par 71 course.
While Crawford leads the tournament, Cappelen’s second round is one for the Arkansas record books as he fired a 65 over the second 18 holes, a total that matches the sixth best in Arkansas history. Starting on the fifth hole of the event, Cappelen birdied No. 6, 8 and 10 to move to three-under par quickly. After four par putts, Cappelen stroked an eagle on the par 5, 15th to move to five-under par for the round. Three more pars were followed by back-to-back birdies and the Odense, Denmark native finished the round with a pair of pars. Following his first round of two-over par, Cappelen finished the day in a tie for fifth overall, three strokes behind the lead.
Sorenson also had a tremendous day for the Razorbacks as he finished at five-under par. The January addition to the Razorback lineup had his best collegiate round to open the day when he shot a five-under par, 67, a top 25 mark in the Arkansas record books. He did so with six birdies and just a single bogey to go along with 11 pars. While Sorenson’s second 18 did not go quite as well as his first, the Dane recovered from a tough triple bogey to shoot even par after knocking in four birdie putts.
Junior Austin Cook had a solid day for the Razorbacks as he consistently sank par putts, 28 out of 36 holes on Monday. His consistency on the day allowed him to finish with a total score of one-under par despite a double bogey that was countered by two of his five birdie putts.
Senior Ethan Tracy was solid throughout Monday’s first day of competition and for a time was likely the best player on the course. After an opening round of one-over par in which he counted two birdies and three bogeys, Tracy had a rough start to his second round with three bogeys over a seven-hole stretch. He responded with five birdies over six holes between the 12th and 17th holes, but a double bogey on No. 1 put him back at even par. Tracy closed out the day with a birdie to finish at one-under par for the second round and even par for the tournament.
Eure also had a great second round on Monday, but it didn’t just start after the break. The junior opened with three bogeys over his first six holes to go three-over par, but from that point he shot seven-under par with eight birdies and just a single bogey to finish his day at four-under par. Eure’ second round of 67, five-under par is a career best for the third-year player
The Razorbacks conclude play at The Woodlands All-American Intercollegiate on Tuesday morning as they seek their seventh win of the season.