MURRELLS INLET, S.C. – Sophomore Thomas Sorensen
and the No. 17 University of Arkansas men’s golf team lead the field at the 2013 General Hackler Championship at TPC of Myrtle Beach at Murrells Inlet, S.C. Sorensen and the Razorbacks each hold a two-stroke edge on the competition after 36 holes of competition on Monday and both look to finish things off with the final 18 scheduled for Tuesday morning.
Arkansas combined for a team score of six-over par on Monday, shooting a stunning 283 during the first round and coming back in the second to shoot 299 as conditions at the course became more difficult. The Razorbacks hold a two-shot lead over No. 23 Kent State with No. 29 Tennessee in third at 13-over par, host Coastal Carolina at 22-over par and East Tennessee State at 31-over par rounding out the top five.
Sorensen also holds a two-stroke lead in the individual standings after rounds of four-under par and one-over par. Opening his competition with a birdie, Sorensen was two-over par after five holes in the first round before playing the remaining 13 holes at six-under par including three-under on the par fives. His second round also saw him start at over par, but back-to-back-to-back birdies on the front nine and a birdie on No. 18 let him finish with a solid round.
Sorensen’s score of three-under par was just one of four on Monday to stand at or below par. Oliver Gross of Tennessee is one-under par and Corey Conners of Kent State and Marin Simonsen of Texas-El Paso are both even.
Like his countryman, junior Sebastian Cappelen
also posted a round under par to open the competition when he shot one-under over the opening 18 holes. His second round was not as clean as his first as he ended three-over par, but it could have been much worse as the Dane sank six birdies. Cappelen’s two-round score of two-over par has him tied for fifth in the individual standings, five strokes behind Sorensen and just two out of the top three.
Junior William Meason
is also tied for fifth individually after a great first and good second round. Meason sank three birdies and just a single bogey over the first 18 holes to enter the second round at two-under par. Like the rest of the field, Meason had a difficult time over the final 18 holes on the day, counting a quadruple bogey on the par four, 10th, but he was able to battle back from the setback to finish at four-over for the round.
Although his score would indicate differently, senior Austin Cook
had a cleaner second round than he did to open the day. A tough opening nine had the Jonesboro, Ark., native at four-over par at the turn, but three birdies over his final four holes allowed him to finish the first 18 holes at two-over par. Cook hit more par putts on his second round, but five bogeys were countered by just a single birdie and he ended the first day at six-over par, tied for 16th overall.
Freshman Taylor Moore
finished day one of the Hackler in the top 20, tied for 20th overall with a two-round score of seven-over par. Moore finished the day with three birdies and 10 bogeys, but played the back nine of the course at even par including one-under over the final nine holes of competition when other scores were well above par.
Playing as an individual, freshman Nicolas Echavarria
rebounded from a tough first round to shoot even par over the second 18 holes. The first-year player posted the biggest turnaround in the tournament from the first to second rounds.
The Razorbacks conclude the General Hackler Championship on Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. from the first tee and will play with players from Kent State and Tennessee.