ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Junior Sebastian Cappelen
of the No. 14 University of Arkansas men’s golf team carded his second sub-par score to move into a tie for second at the 2013 Southeastern Conference men’s golf championship, pacing the Razorbacks to a team score of even par on Saturday at Seaside Golf Course in St. Simons Island, Ga.
Cappelen’s round of three-under par, 67, was the fourth lowest of the tournament and matched the fourth lowest ever by an Arkansas player at the SEC Championships. His back-to-back rounds in the 60s make him the first Razorback since four-time All-American Bud Still did the same at the 1993 SEC Championship and his combined score of 136 is a school record through 36 holes at an SEC championship.
The four-under par, two-day score by Cappelen has him four strokes behind Caleb Sturgeon of South Carolina for the individual lead. Cappelen is tied with Chad Ramey of Mississippi State and Cory Whitsett of Alabama. To achieve his second-round score, the junior played a bogey-free round with birdies on No. 9, No. 17 and No. 18.
Beginning on the 10th tee, ,the Razorbacks had a strong showing on the more difficult side of the course, shooting two-over par as a team. Arkansas closed the round with a team score of two-under on the front nine to move up from a tie for 12th into a tie for seventh. South Carolina leads the team standings at five-under par with No. 2 Alabama at two-under par. No. 19 Auburn, No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 13 Georgia round out the top five teams at four-, six- and 10-over par. Play was delayed an hour due to heavy rains in the area, which continued as teams took to the course. Combined with temperatures in the 50s, players were forced to endure tough conditions which led to several high team scores.
Improving significantly for the Razorbacks between their first and second rounds were sophomore Thomas Sorensen
and freshman Taylor Moore
who each shaved eight strokes off their day one totals to shoot even par. Sorensen bogeyed his first hole and posted two additional bogeys and a birdie on the back nine of the course. He continued his round with three birdies and a bogey on the front nine allowing him to sign his card at even par. The Dane could have recorded an even better score, but missed a couple of putts that went for tap ins.
Moore used the strength of his driver to turn his play around on day two. A pair of birdies and bogeys, one on each side of the course dotted his nearly flawless scorecard and the first-year player closed the round with seven straight pars.
Junior Austin Cook
was hitting his ball very well, but his putting failed him on a couple of occasions as he finished with his second consecutive round of three-over par, 73. Two-over par after three holes after three-putts on No. 9 and No. 11, Cook sank a birdie on No. 15 and made the turn at two-over par after a bogey on No. 18. His score went as high as four-over par after back-to-back bogeys on No. 2 and No. 3, but a fantastic drive on the par three, sixth, left him an eight-foot putt which he sank for his second birdie of the round.
Had it not been for a triple bogey early in his round, junior Joe Doramus
may have factored into Arkansas’ team score. The Little Rock, Ark., native, who is playing in his first SEC Championship, found himself four-over par through four holes following his triple, but chipped in from the back side of the green on No. 16 to record his only birdie and get back to three-over par. He made the turn at four-over par and recorded six pars and three bogeys on the front nine for his second-round total.
The Razorbacks begin their final round at the SEC Championships on Sunday morning with a 7:30 a.m. tee time at Seaside Golf Course. Arkansas plays its final round with Vanderbilt and SEC newcomer Missouri from the first tee as it looks to put together another solid day on the links. The weather for the final day calls for high winds out of the north which should make play treacherous for the players, but no rain is in the forecast and temperatures should warm up to the mid to upper 60s.