FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sophomore Thomas Sorensen of the University of Arkansas men’s golf team placed tied for third in a pair of Amateur Championships, including the International European Amateur while a pair of Razorbacks took to the links in the first round of the US Amateur.
Sorensen, who joined the Razorbacks in January and was a factor for Arkansas in their run to a NCAA Regional, most recently, completed the International European Amateur where he carved up the course for a four-day score of nine-under par, 279. Contested at Carton House’s Montgomerie Course in Ireland, the International European Amateur is one of the largest tournaments in Europe. Sorensen opened with a 69 on the par 72 course when he shot four birdies and just a single bogey. He improved on that score in round two with a 67 with six birdies and a single bogey on No. 1 which began a streak of 23 holes of par or better. Sorensen came back on day three with a one-under par, 71 and completed the competition with a hard fought, 72, which included a pair of eagles including one on No. 18.
In the Danish International Amateur Championship in late July, Sorensen had to battle back from a tough first day at Silkeborg Golf Club when he shot 78. The Dane responded with a round of 73 on day two of the event before wrapping up the event with rounds of 76 and 73 for a four-day score of 300. Sorensen would finish four strokes behind the eventual winner, Victor Gebhard Osterby.
At the US Amateur at Cherry Hills Country Club in Colorado, freshman Taylor Moore and junior Sebastian Cappelen
took to the course in search of the championship. Moore would have the better first day when he shot two-over par, 72, while Cappelen carded a four-over par round of 74.
Moore opened with back-to-back bogeys and fought the rest of the round to keep his score around par. A birdie on No. 7 moved him back to one-over par, but a bogey on No. 9 had him at three-over at the turn. Eight straight par putts followed before Moore ended on a positive note with a birdie on the par five, 18th. The Edmond, Okla., native was two-under par on the longest holes of the course, but four bogeys, three on the par fours and one on a par three kept him from a low score.
Cappelen was better at the start, but had a rougher ending than his future teammate. Even par through three holes, the Dane posted a bogey on No. 4, but came back immediately with a birdie on No. 5 to stay at par. He ended the front nine with back-to-back bogeys to make the turn at two-over par. Cappelen got back to one-over par after a birdie on No. 11. He would remain at one over through 13 holes, but again was plagued by back-to-back bogeys on No. 14 and No. 15 to move his score to three-over par. He ended his day with a birdie-bogey combo on No. 17 and No. 18.
Moore’s two-over par score has him tied at 84th and outside the potential cut line while Cappelen’s three-over par is tied for 119th. The US Amateur continues on Tuesday afternoon at Cherry Hills Country Club.