St. Simons Island, Ga. – Junior Sebastian Cappelen
of the 14th-ranked University of Arkansas men’s golf team shot one-under par, 69, during the opening round of the 2013 Southeastern Conference Championships at Seaside Golf Course on St. Simons Island, Ga., and is in a tie for fifth individually.
Cappelen’s score of 69 was the first time that the junior had broken par on the Seaside course and his total matches the fifth best opening round by a Razorback ever at the conference championship. He finds himself four strokes behind the individual leader, Caleb Sturgeon of South Carolina who posted a bogey free round of five-under par, 65.
For Cappelen, it was a solid start as he sank four straight par putts to begin his day before carding back-to-back birdies on No. 5 and No. 6. He would make the turn at one-under par after a bogey on the par four, eighth and played the back nine at even par with seven pars and a bogey-birdie combo on No. 14 and No. 15.
Senior Austin Cook
also played well for Arkansas as the three-time veteran of the Seaside course shot a three-over par, 73. Not able to get his putts to fall, Cook sank 13 pars, a single birdie and four bogeys during his trip around the course. The Jonesboro, Ark., native had his chances, but left several putts just short of their mark.
On a day when team scores were higher than normal due to strong winds, the Razorbacks are tied for 11th with a team score of 17-over par, but are easily within a solid day of breaking into the top part of the field. No. 19 Auburn leads the competition with a team score of five-under par and is trailed by No. 30 South Carolina (-1), No. 13 Georgia (+1) and No. 2 Alabama (+3). Nine of the 14 teams in the field are ranked among the top 25 in the nation and most programs struggled to find their rhythm as evidenced by No. 23 Tennessee and No. 9 Florida shooting 19- and 21-over par, respectively.
Junior Joe Doramus
played a very good front nine and made the turn at two-over par, but could have been even had he not left his putts on the first two holes a combined six inches from the hole. The Little Rock, Ark., native birdied No. 10 and was two-over through 13, before a rough stretch from No. 14 through No. 16 had him signing his scorecard at seven-over par.
Rounding out the Razorback scores were sophomore Thomas Sorensen
and freshman Taylor Moore
who shot identical marks of eight-over par. Sorensen missed several putts which caused him to count seven bogeys in his round while Moore battled the winds and the course to the tune of six bogeys and a pair of doubles to go along with his two birdies.
The Razorbacks return to the course on Saturday at 9 a.m. Arkansas starts its second round from the 10th tee and has Vanderbilt and Ole Miss in its group.