BRYAN, Texas –
A four-stroke improvement from the morning to the afternoon round resulted in the No. 21 Arkansas men’s golf team finishing the 36-hole opening day of the Aggie Invitational held at Traditions Club in sole possession of eighth place on Saturday.
The Razorbacks opened with a team score of 306 in the first round of the day and finished up with a 301. The two-round total of 606 is within nine strokes of Texas Tech in third place. Fellow SEC members No. 25 LSU and No. 16 Texas A&M sit in first and second place, respectively. The 12-team field features eight teams in the top 50 of the current Golfstat rankings.
The Par 72, 7146-yard layout of the Traditions Club gave the field of 71 players all they could handle, as just eight under-par rounds were recorded on the day.
Arkansas’ low-man at last year’s Aggie Invitational, sophomore Taylor Moore
is again the lead man after rounds of 75 and 73 to sit in a tie for 13th place. Moore carded 19 pars over a 20-hole stretch to end the first round through his first nine holes of the afternoon. Moore now has a counting score in 15 straight rounds and is aiming to be Arkansas’ low-man for the fourth time in five events in the spring.
Making his first career start, freshman Zach Coats
provided a pair of counting scores in the form of a 77 and 74. Coats’ first birdie of the day came on the second hole of round two, as he finished the front at one-under in the round and two-over for the day. Coats is just one stroke off the top 20 in a tie for 23rd. Redshirt sophomore Kolton Crawford
entered the day with two straight top 20s and is tied for 33rd with a 76-77/153 scorecard. Sophomore Nicolas Echavarria
(77-78) and senior Sebastian Cappelen
(79-77) each contributed one counting score on the day. Cappelen carded his 400th career birdie in the first round.
Playing alongside No. 3 California and North Texas, Arkansas will return to the course for the final round on Sunday starting at 7:40 a.m. going off the 10th hole. Live scoring available through www.GolfStat.com or www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com, while in-round Twitter updates can be found by following @RazorbackMGolf.
T13. Taylor Moore
T23. Zach Coats
T33. Kolton Crawford
T37. Nicolas Echavarria
T44. Sebastian Cappelen
T61. William Meason
Aggie Invitational Standings – Day 1 (Golfstat Ranking)
1. LSU (25) – 298-293/591
2. Texas A&M (16) – 297-295/592
3. Texas Tech (49) – 302-295/597
4. Oklahoma State (2) – 300-298/598
5. Kent State (30) – 305-297/602
6. San Diego State (41) – 305-298/603
7. California (7) – 302-303/605
8. Arkansas (21) – 305-301/606
T9. North Texas – 304-313/617
T9. New Mexico State – 321-296/617
11. Michigan – 316-303/619
12. Pacific – 328-299/627