BRYAN, Texas – Sophomore Thomas Sorensen
shot four-under par, 68, in the final round of the Aggie Invitational on Sunday afternoon to lead the No. 14 University of Arkansas men’s golf team to a fourth-place finish at Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.
Arkansas entered the day in sixth place as a team, but shot a low team round of six-under par, the second lowest round of the event, to move up two places to fourth against a field that included nine top 25 teams. No. 2 Alabama won the event with a team score of 18-under par and was followed by No. 21 Kent State (even), No. 4 Washington (+4), Arkansas (+5) and the host No. 23 Texas A&M and No. 5 UCLA who tied for fifth at six-over par.
“We had a great day today,” Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin
said. “Thomas was on target all day and as a team I could not have asked for a better final round. This was perhaps the toughest field that we have played against all year and to come back in the final round and pass some very good teams tells me that we are playing our best golf at the right time of year.”
While Sorensen posted the low round for the day, it was freshman Taylor Moore
who led the Razorbacks throughout the tournament as he tied for eighth with a score of two-under par, 214. Moore was six strokes off the leader for the tournament, but posted his second consecutive sub-par tournament score and third straight top 20 finish at the Aggie. Moore birdied the first hole of the day and found himself three-under par through five after notching his first career eagle on the par five, fifth. He made the turn at two-under par after his first bogey of the day and played the back nine at even par to record his second round under par in as many days.
Junior Sebastian Cappelen
’s three-over par tournament placed him in a tie for 18th individually and was Arkansas’ second best score. Cappelen had his best round of the event on Sunday when he shot two-under par and was consistent throughout the outing with three birdies and just a single bogey to go along with 14 pars. Even par at the mid-way point in the round, Cappelen played the final nine at two-under par including a birdie on No. 18 to help the Razorbacks secure their position.
Sorensen’s four-under par final round allowed him to make the biggest jump in the individual standings, going from a tie for 46th into a tie for 23rd. The Dane played his entire round bogey free and sank four birdies for his near season low, 68. Three birdies over the first eight holes had Sorensen at three-under par at the turn. His fourth birdie came on No. 12 and he closed the round with six pars.
Senior Austin Cook
was one-under par as he made the turn, but three bogeys over his final five holes put him at two-over par for the round and six-over for event, tying him for 32nd overall. Cook followed a bogey on No. 2 with a birdie on No. 3 and birdied the par five, eighth to get to one-under par. Five pars later and Cook carded a bogey on No. 14. He would close the round with back-to-back bogeys.
Also recording a final round score of two-over par was junior Joe Doramus
who tied for 38th individually. Around par the entire day and one-over at the turn, Doramus moved his score back to even par following a birdie on No. 15, but gave the stroke back with a bogey on No. 16. A double bogey on No. 17 had the potential to ruin his round, but a birdie on the last moved him back to two-over par.
Competing as an individual, freshman Nicolas Echavarria
moved up 10 spots in the standings after a final round of even par, 72. Starting his round on No. 10, Echavarria had two birdies six holes into the round and made the turn at one-under par after a bogey on No. 18. Three birdies on consecutive holes mid-way through the front nine placed Echavarria at four-under par, but two bogeys surrounded a double bogey on No. 17 and he finished the day at even par.
The Razorbacks return to action April 19-21 when they compete at the Southeastern Conference Championships at Sea Island Golf Club at St. Simons Island, Ga.