FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Freshman-to-be Taylor Moore of the University of Arkansas men’s golf team shot one-over par, 73, placing him in a tie for 46th at the 2012 Western Amateur at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Ill. Moore is one of three Razorbacks to participate in the tournament with junior Joe Doramus
, tied for 88th and senior Josh Eure
, tied for 122nd.
Moore, Eure and Doramus are attempting to be the second Razorback in as many years to win the prestigious amateur event which draws the best golfers from around the nation. Former Razorback Ethan Tracy
was an unlikely winner in 2011 when he rose from the 177th-ranked amateur player to the event champion, knocking off four top 25 players in match play rounds over two days.
Moore began his day on the 10th tee and found himself one-over par after five holes before he moved back to even with a birdie on the par five, 15th. A bogey on No. 17 had the Edmond, Okla., native one-over when he made the turn, but another birdie on a par five, his second of three on the day, moved him back to even par with eight holes to play. A bogey was followed by two consecutive birdies on holes five and six and Moore was under par for the first time. Unfortunately, Moore would end with back-to-back bogeys for his 73.
Doramus also began on No. 10 and like his future Arkansas teammate found himself at one-over par through five holes. Doramus would close that side of the course by bracketing a birdie with a pair of bogeys to mark the turn at two-over par. An eagle on the par five, first would get Doramus back to even par and he close the round out with three bogeys over the final eight holes to shoot three-over par, 75.
The round for Eure included several ups-and-downs as he finished at five-over par, 77. A pair of double bogeys, three birdies and four bogeys lined his score card. A combined two-under par on the longest holes of the course, Eure birdied three of the four par fives to go along with a bogey. It was a pair of par four holes that ultimately hurt the Crofton, Md., native as he posted both of his big scores on those holes, one on each side of the course, and also had a bogey with no birdies.
Round two of the Western Amateur is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. with all three Razorbacks beginning on hole No. 1.