TUCSON, Ariz. – Sophomore Thomas Sorensen
of the No. 15 University of Arkansas men’s golf team fired an impressive seven-under par through two rounds of the Don Puckette National Invitational Tournament at OMNI Tucson National on Saturday to pace the Razorbacks into fifth as a team.
One of five top 25 squads in the 16-team field, Arkansas ended the day with a score of seven-under par and trails No. 13 Oklahoma State (-17), No. 18 TCU (-16), San Diego State (-11) and No. 5 New Mexico (-11) in the team standings.
Sorensen’s day consisted of rounds of two-under and five-under par as he finished in a tie for third individually, four strokes off the lead. Beginning the competition on the sixth hole, Sorensen was two-over par after a double bogey on the par five, eighth, but played the remaining 15 holes at four-under par with four birdies and 10 pars. His second round consisted of an eagle, six birdies, one bogey and a double as he blistered the course with one of the lowest rounds of the day. Sorensen was as low as six-under par during the round.
Junior Sebastian Cappelen
also played his first round under par on Saturday, shooting two-under with a very similar scorecard to his teammates. Beginning on No. 5, Cappelen started with a birdie and was two-under par through the eighth hole. A double bogey on No. 13 was followed by birdies on No. 1 and No. 3 leading to his first-round score. Cappelen once again got off to a good start in the second round with two birdies through his first six holes, but another double bogey on No. 13, his second double on that hole in two rounds, moved him back to even. A pair of bogeys to close out the back side of the course had him at two-over par, but he got one stroke back with a birdie on No. 2 and closed the round with a pair of pars.
Playing a clean round during the day’s first session, senior Austin Cook
sank a single bogey, two birdies and 15 par putts to enter the second round of the day at one-under par. He opened the second round with the same scorecard as his first with four pars before a bogey on No. 9, but this time played the back side of the course at even par thanks to a pair of birdies and a double bogey on No. 13. Cook closed out the day with seven pars for a one-over round.
Arkansas picked up a fourth round under par during the first 18 holes on Saturday when freshman Taylor Moore
Carded a one-under. More up-and-down than his teammates, Moore finished with four birdies and three bogeys which included birdies immediately following two of his bogey holes. During Moore’s second round, he had a better start and was one-under par through his ninth hole before a bogey on No. 18 moved him back to par. He closed the round with a single bogey to finish the day at even par through 36 holes.
Freshman Nicolas Echavarria
played his way into the lineup this week and finished the day at five-over par. Two birdies and four bogeys scattered his scorecard during the first round giving him a round of two-over par. His final 18 holes of the day included three birdies and six bogeys for a score of three-over.
Playing as an individual, junior William Meason
had rounds of one-over and four-over par for a two-round total of five-over par. Playing very well in the first round, Meason had 10 pars and two birdies through 12 holes, but back-to-back-to-back bogeys ended the first at one-over par. Meason’s second round included two birdies, two bogeys and a pair of double bogeys.
The Razorbacks conclude competition at the Don Puckette National Invitational Tournament on Sunday morning with 18 holes which are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. pacific.