FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –
Fresh off a win at the Gator Invitational in its season-opening event just four days ago, the No. 19 Arkansas men’s golf team will take on another challenging field this weekend at the Bayou City Collegiate Championships, starting on Friday at The Golf Club of Houston.
The Razorbacks finished off their 20th win under head coach Brad McMakin
at the Gator Invitational on Sunday with a final round one-under 279 to finish six strokes clear of the 14-team field that featured four other teams in the top 25 of the Golf World/NIKE Golf Coaches Poll.
Arkansas’ win at the Gator Invitational was its 15th since the start of the 2010-11 season, a span of 36 regular season tournaments, while it will be aiming to win back-to-back events for the fifth time under McMakin. The Razorbacks will return the starting lineup for last weekend’s successful season opener with senior Sebastian Cappelen
, sophomore Taylor Moore
, redshirt senior William Meason
, sophomore Nicolas Echavarria
and redshirt sophomore Kolton Crawford
Playing alongside South Carolina and Baylor, Arkansas will take the par 72, 6982-yard course from 9:00-9:36 a.m. going off the 10th tee. The 15-team field includes five teams in the most recent top 25 published by GolfStat. Live scoring is available through www.GolfStat.com or www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com, while in-round Twitter updates can be found by following @RazorbackMGolf.
Moore was named the SEC Golfer of the Week on Wednesday, following a fourth place finish at the Gator Invitational. Moore’s three-round even-par 210 was a season low, as he finished his third top five showing in six events this year with a two-under 68. The Edmond, Okla., product ranks third on the team with a 73.2 stroke average, finishing par or lower in seven of 18 rounds. Moore’s fourth place finish at the Gator Invitational came on the heels of a strong winter in which he won the inaugural Saguaro Amateur and finished third at the Patriot All-American, both held in Arizona.
No stranger to being at the top of the leaderboard, Cappelen was part of a tie for fourth place with Moore at the Gator Invitational. Like Moore, Cappelen supplied a two-under 68 in the final round for his ninth under-par round of the year and ninth time as Arkansas’ low-man. One of 30 players on The Ben Hogan’s Watch List and currently No. 4 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), Cappelen leads the Razorbacks with a 71.3 stroke average, while extending his streak of top 20 finishes to 10 dating back to last year. The Denmark product has finished in the top 20 in 32 of 42 career events and has had a counting score in 114 of 123 rounds.
Meason made his first start of the season at the Gator Invitational and made the most of the opportunity, finishing in a tie for 16th overall in the 75-player field. Meason was the Razorbacks’ low-man in the second round with a one-under 69 en route to a solid 72-69-75/220 scorecard. Echavarria put together his best 54-hole event of the year at the Gator Invitational with a 74-74-72/220, moving his season stroke average to 74.9. Crawford’s spring opener was highlighted by a pair of 71s in the first and final rounds in a 30th place finish. Crawford joins Moore and Cappelen as the only Razorbacks to start all six events this year, boasting a 74.8 stroke average with 15 counting scores.
, Sr. (18 RDs, 71.3)
, So. (18 RDs, 73.2)
, R-Sr. (3 RDs, 72.0)
, So. (12 RDs, 74.9)
, R-So. (18 RDs, 74.8)
, Jr. (12 RDs, 72.7)
Bayou City Collegiate Championships (Golfstat Ranking – Feb. 19)
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