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Moore goes low, Razorbacks finish third

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WAYZATA, Minn. – Freshman Taylor Moore posted one of Arkansas’ two rounds under par on Monday and the No. 8 University of Arkansas men’s golf team shot up the leader board with the day’s lowest score to finish third at the Gopher Invitational at Spring Hill Golf Club in Wayzata, Minn.

The Razorbacks, who entered the day 15 strokes out of third in the team standings, were by far the best team on the course on Monday as Arkansas’ four scoring players combined for a team score of five-over par.  No. 3 California and SMU were the closest teams to the Razorbacks in terms of team score on Monday as each shot 10-over par.  California would win the team title with SMU finishing a distant second.

“I thought that we played much better today than we did yesterday,” Arkansas Head Coach Brad McMakin said. “We left too many makeable shots on the course yesterday, but were able to make those shots and putts today.  As a team, we played great, but Taylor really stood out today.  He shot two-under par despite two double bogeys and finished the round with six birdies in his final nine holes.

Moore had things working early as he birdied his second hole and was quickly under par.  A bogey on No. 10, his fourth hole of the day, moved him back to even.  No. 13 and No. 15 would have crushed your average golf score as Moore posted double bogeys on both to move to four-over par, but rather than get consumed by the setbacks, he refocused on the task at hand and played his best golf of the tournament.  The comeback began on No. 17 with a birdie, which was the first of four straight for the Edmond, Okla., native.  All the way back to even par, Moore record two pars before closing the round with back-to-back birdies and a tournament score of 221, five-over par.  Moore’s final round was his first sub-par score of his collegiate career and led to a top 10 finish individually, as he tied for ninth.

While Moore posted Arkansas’ lowest score, junior All-American Sebastian Cappelen was Arkansas’ top finisher when he tied for sixth individually.  Cappelen followed up rounds of 76 and 72 on Sunday with a sub-par score of 71 on Monday for his 11th top 10 finish in 25 career tournaments.  Like Moore, Cappelen also counted a big score, a double bogey on the par five, fifth, his first hole of the day.  Following the miscue, Cappelen went par, birdie, par, birdie to get back to even par and then sank eight straight par putts.  A birdie on No. 18 moved him back to one-over par, but Cappelen closed the round with two birdies over his final four holes to get back under par.

Sophomore Thomas Sorensen carded a third solid round for the Razorbacks on Monday when he handed in a score of 75, three-over par.  On the heels of a 74 and 73, Sorensen’s 75 was his third round of the tournament that counted towards Arkansas’ team score.  Sorensen did not get off to a great start as he bogeyed No. 4, his first hole of the day, but did get back to even quickly with a birdie on No. 6.  Three bogeys over his next nine holes put Sorensen at three-over par before a bogey on No. 16 helped his score.  The Dane closed the round with a birdie, two bogeys and two pars to tie for 12th overall with his six-over par tournament.  The finish is the second best of Sorensen’s career at Arkansas which began last January.

Arkansas’ final score which contributed to the team finish on Monday belonged to freshman Nicolas Echavarria who limited his bad strokes on Monday to finish at five-over par.  Unlike his first two days where he counted a double bogey, Echavarria finished the final round of the Gopher Invitational with two birdies, nine pars and seven bogeys.  The finish allowed Echavarria to place tied for 32nd in his first collegiate event with a score of 14-over par.

Senior Austin Cook rounded out the Razorbacks’ day on Monday as he finished with a final round of 79, seven-over par.  Cook was never able to get in a groove over the final 18 holes as he sank just one birdie with six bogeys and a double bogey pushing his score up.  The elder statesman of the Arkansas squad tied for 22nd individually with a three-round score of 12-over par.

The Razorbacks will take a week off of competition before returning to the links Sept. 23-25 for the Golfweek/PING Preview at Capital City Club in Atlanta, Ga., site of the 2013 NCAA Championship.

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