MURRELLS INLET, S.C. – Led by junior Sebastian Cappelen and sophomore Thomas Sorensen, the No. 17 University of Arkansas men’s golf team took the team title at the General Hackler Invitational at TPC of Myrtle Beach in Murrells Inlet, S.C., on Tuesday.
The Razorback victory is the team’s second of the season and first of the spring. Arkansas shot a final round score of three-over par to finish the 54-hole tournament at nine-over as a team, matching the score of No. 23 Kent State who tied for the team title with a three-round total of nine over. No. 29 Tennessee finished third at 16-over par and was followed by the host Coastal Carolina (+28) and East Tennessee State (+34).
“We had a tough second round yesterday, but I am proud of the way the guys grinded out the win,” Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. “When you have five players finish among the top 17 in any tournament, good things are going to happen. Our goal is to get better every tournament and I think that our team did that over the last two days.”
While Cappelen and Sorensen led the team after 54 holes, senior Austin Cook posted Arkansas’ low round of the day with a score of two-under par, 70. The round allowed him to move up five spots on the individual leaderboard into 11th as the Jonesboro, Ark., native was relatively quiet with his three birdies and just one bogey. Cook played the front nine at two-under and the back at even par.
Even par kept Cappelen right where he was on the individual standings on Tuesday. He got off to a tremendous start for the Razorbacks when he was three-under par after six holes, but made the turn at one-under after bogeys on seven and nine. Back-to-back bogeys on 11 and 12 had the third-year player over par for the first time, but he responded with back-to-back birdies and closed out the round with a bogey and three pars. Cappelen completed the competition with a score of two-over par and tied for fifth individually.
Freshman Taylor Moore also finished Tuesday’s competition at even par, which placed him tied for 14th overall. Eight straight par putts to open the competition were followed by a birdie on the par four, ninth, and he made the turn and one-under par. A bogey on No. 10 was followed by two birdie-bogey combos over his final eight holes giving the Edmond, Okla., native his best round of the tournament.
Sophomore Thomas Sorensen came into Tuesday’s competition with the individual lead, but a difficult stretch over the final three holes dropped him from the lead into a tie for fifth overall. Sorensen sank a birdie putt on his second hole, but gave the stroke back on No. 3 with a bogey. He would make the turn at even par after six straight pars. A bogey on No. 10 put him over par for the first time on the day and he closed the round with two additional bogeys and a double bogey for a final day score of 77, five-over par.
Junior William Meason finished the competition at six-over par on Tuesday and eight-over for the tournament to tie for 17th. Meason sank a pair of birdies during his final round and never had a bad hole, but did find himself in eight bogey positions.
Playing as an individual, freshman Nicolas Echavarria played another very good round with a score of even par. Beginning on No. 10, Echavarria started with four par putts before a birdie on No. 14. A bogey and double bogey later, and he was two-over par, but an eagle on No. 18 got him back to even par where he would stay after sinking nine straight pars to wrap up the round.
The Razorbacks are back on the course this weekend when they travel to Tucson, Ariz., for the National Invitational Tournament.