PALM CITY, Fla. –
Fueled by three players finishing under-par, including a bogey-free 65 from redshirt sophomore Kolton Crawford
, the No. 19 Arkansas men’s golf team made a big move on the final day of the 15-team Valspar Invitational at The Floridian with a score of five-under 279 to jump from 13th place into a tie for fifth.
Entering the day in 13th place and sitting 11 strokes out of the top five, the Razorbacks put together Tuesday’s lowest round of 279, which also equaled their season-low for the year. Arkansas opened the tournament with a one-under 283 before finishing Monday’s afternoon round with a 286. The three-round four-under 848 is its second under-par tournament of the spring for the Razorbacks and the lowest 54-hole score this season.
The top five finish came against a field that featured 13 teams ranked in the top 50 by Golfstat, including seven in the top 20 and four in the top 10. No. 4 Georgia Tech broke free of its 36-hole tie with No. 3 Oklahoma State to win the tournament title by eight strokes. The Cowboys started the day 15 strokes ahead of the Razorbacks, but held off the big charge by just three strokes.
Crawford’s six-under 65 equaled the lowest round of the tournament by the 75-player field, as he produced a 32 on the front and a 33 on the back, both three-under for the side. Crawford entered the day in a tie for 62nd place, but moved all the way up to a tie for 15th, one of three Razorbacks in that position. The top 20 is the second in a row for Crawford, while the 65 is a career-best and the lowest round turned in by a Razorback this season. Over an eight-hole stretch that started on No. 6, Crawford carded five birdies, ending on the par 5, 13th hole which he birdied all three rounds.
Joining Crawford in a tie for 15th position was senior Sebastian Cappelen
and sophomore Taylor Moore
, making Arkansas and Georgia Tech the only two teams with three players in the top 20. Cappelen’s eighth top 20 in nine events this year featured a 70-73-69/212 (-1) scorecard. The Ben Hogan Award Watch List member finished in a tie for the team lead with 12 birdies and has now turned in a counting score all 27 rounds played this season, including 14 of the under-par variety.
After finishing as the team’s low-man in the first two spring tournaments, Moore found his way back to the top of the scorecard along with Crawford and Cappelen. Moore’s three-round one-under 212 featured rounds of 71-72-69, giving him even-par or lower rounds in seven of 12 attempts in the spring. Moore tied for the tournament lead with two eagles – his first two of the season – en route to his fifth top 15 finish of the year.
Redshirt senior William Meason
was Arkansas’ low-man on day one with rounds of even-par 71 and three-under 68, but closed with an 81. Meason, who tied for 53rd, played his final 14 holes of Monday five-under par and tied with Cappelen for the team lead with 12 birdies. Sophomore Nicolas Echavarria
accounted for the fourth score with a 76, concluding a 74-73-76/223 showing.
Arkansas will get its final tune up for the SEC Championships at the Aggie Invitational on April 5-6 at Traditions Golf Course in College Station, Texas.
T15. Sebastian Cappelen
– 70-73-69/212 (-1)
T15. Taylor Moore
– 71-72-69/212 (-1)
T15. Kolton Crawford
– 71-76-65/212 (-1)
T53. William Meason
T59. Nicolas Echavarria
Valspar Invitational Final Standings (Golfstat Rankings)
1. Georgia Tech (4) – 274-280-283/837 (-15)
2. Oklahoma State (3) – 273-281-291/845 (-7)
3. Texas A&M (21) – 277-285-284/846 (-6)
4. LSU (27) – 278-278-291/847 (-5)
T5. Arkansas (19) – 283-286-279/848 (-4)
T5. SMU (28) – 275-282-291/848 (-4)
T7. Florida State (12) – 282-279-290/851 (-1)
T7. Houston (8) – 276-290-285/851 (-1)
9. Illinois (9) – 276-282-296/854
10. Tennessee (43) – 280-282-295/857
11. UCLA (16) – 283-278-297/858
12. USF (31) – 285-280-299/864
13. Kent State (29) – 283-285-297/865
14. Florida – 281-290-297/868
15. Lamar – 299-288-311/898