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Cook leads Razorbacks at Preview

09/25/2012
Athletic Communications
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Senior Austin Cook carded a one-over par, 71, to lead the No. 7 University of Arkansas men’s golf team to a tie for 11th at the PING/Golfweek Preview at the Capital City Club in Atlanta, Ga., on Tuesday.

The Razorbacks finish the elite tournament with a three-round score of 869, 29-over par, as none of the top teams in the nation were able to eclipse par as a team.  No. 4 Georgia Tech, playing on their home course, and No. 2 California tied atop the leaderboard with scored of five-over par.  No. 3 Texas and No. 15 UNLV were the next closest at 13-over par and No. 5 UCLA and No. 6 Washington tied for fifth at 14-over.

“It was a tough course, but fair for every team,” Arkansas Head Coach Brad McMakin said. “I know that we are capable of playing better than we did the last three days and will work toward that.  We don’t have much time to rest as we have another tournament next week.  I was pleased with the way that Austin played.  He responded really well after a difficult opener and showed why he was an All-American as a sophomore.”

Cook wrapped up a very good tournament with his final round one-over par score.  Shooting four-over par for the tournament, Cook tied for 22nd individually with his three-round, 214.  Just nine players on the Crabapple Course at the Capital City Club shot even par during the tournament and just one, Tom Berry of San Diego State, broke par.  In control throughout the day, Cook birdied two of his first four holes to get to two-under par.  He made the turn at one-under and back-to-back bogeys on the fifth and sixth were surrounded by seven pars to give him his final score.

Sophomore Thomas Sorensen matched Cook’s score on Tuesday, shooting 71, to finish tied for 43rd in the event.  Back-to-back scores of four-over par for the Dane were capped by his solid 71 which included three birdies and four bogeys.  Despite a bogey on his first hole, Sorensen made the turn at one-over par after a birdie-bogey completed his opening nine holes.  Two-over par through 14 holes, back-to-back birdies moved him back to even before a bogey on the last completed his scorecard.

Junior Sebastian Capplen’s difficult first round was too much to overcome in the individual standings, but a second round of three-over par was enough to help the team score.  Cappelen got off to a good start with a birdie on No. 10 and two bogeys on No. 12 and No. 16 had him at one-over par at the turn.  Three bogeys on the front nine were followed by a birdie on No. 7 and the two-time All-American closed the round with a pair of pars.

Giving his team a second scoring round, Nicolas Echavarria battled to post his best round of the tournament, four-over par, 74.  Three birdies, three bogeys, and a pair of double bogeys lined Echavarria’s scorecard on Tuesday, but the way he finished the round had Arkansas’ coaches smiling as he wrapped up the round with two birdies, three pars and a bogey over the final six holes.

Freshman Taylor Moore was unable to produce a third straight scoring round for the Razorbacks when he posted an 80 on the final day.  Struggling with big numbers, Moore carded two double bogeys and a triple bogey, negating the one birdie he sank toward the end of the round.

The Razorbacks are back on the course on Sunday, September 30, when they participate in the first of three rounds at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational.

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