OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. –
The No. 7 University of Arkansas men’s golf team opened its fall campaign on Friday with a score of 294 in cool and gusty conditions to sit in sole possession of fifth place at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational held at the Olympia Fields Country Club North Course.
Arkansas, who enters as the defending champs, was part of the first group on the course this morning in a 15-team field that features eight top 25 teams, including five in the top 10. The Razorbacks 294 is 13 shots off the lead held by No. 1 Alabama (281), but just three back of second place No. 8 Oklahoma State (291).
The Razorbacks will be paired with No. 3 Texas and Baylor for Saturday’s second round, going off the par 5, 1st hole from 9:40-10:12 a.m. Live scoring is available through www.GolfStat.com or www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also get in-round updates on twitter @RazorbackMGolf
The youthful part of the Razorback lineup provided the top three scores and nine of the team’s 12 birdies, led by reigning SEC Freshman of the Year Taylor Moore
’s 72 that that puts him in a tie for 10th out of the field of 75. Moore opened with back-to-back bogeys but fought back with 10 pars and three birdies from that point on. Fellow sophomore Nicolas Echavarria
provided a 73 that included three birdies, while redshirt sophomore Kolton Crawford
shot a 74 in his first round since the end of his SEC All-Freshman campaign in 2012.
One of 16 players in this weekend’s field that was named to Golf World’s Top 50 Players to Watch list in the preseason, senior Sebastian Cappelen
fired a 75 for the 97th counting score of his career. Senior Blake Biddle
shot a 76 in his first round as a Razorback after transferring in from UNLV this summer.
Friday’s conditions featured temperatures between 55-65 degrees and winds as strong as 25 mph. Just four players in the field broke par on the day.
T10. Taylor Moore
T15. Nicolas Echavarria
T26. Kolton Crawford
T35. Sebastian Cappelen
T46. Blake Biddle
Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational Standings (Golf World/Nike Golf Preseason Ranking)
1. Alabama (1) – 281
2. Oklahoma State (8) – 291
T3. Texas Tech – 292
T3. Texas (3) – 292
5. Arkansas (7) – 294
T6. Baylor – 295
T6. Stanford (9) – 295
T6. Illinois (14) – 295
T6. Florida State (13) – 295
10. Augusta State – 296
11. SMU (21) – 297
12. Indiana – 299
13. Clemson – 305
14. Northwestern – 307
15. Florida – 308