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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, O’ahu- The No. 13 ranked University of Arkansas men’s golf team blazed into the first round of play at the 33rd annul John A. Burns Intercollegiate at the Leilehua Golf Course, on Wednesday. The Razorbacks, who last saw tournament action in November at the CordeValle Collegiate, ended day one in 3rd place with an 8-under 280.
The 56th ranked University of Arizona were the pacesetters for the day coming in at 12-under 276, lead by team member Tarquin Macmanus with an individual score of 64(-8). The University of New Mexico a stroke behind with an 11-under 277 came in at No. 2. Brigham Young University trailed Arkansas by a stroke for 4th place. The host of the tournament the University of Hawaii ended the first round at No. 14 of 17 teams with a 4-over score of 292.
Arkansas freshman Ethan Tracy lead the Razorbacks into the first round with a 3-under score of 69 on the par 72, 6917 yard course to tie at the No. 12 position. Head Coach Brad McMakin praised Tracy’s contribution to team play today saying, “Ethan played well and has that high quality capability that we are looking for in our team.”
McMakin noted the weather as a contributing factor affecting course conditions and play in the first round, “With the wind picking up from time to time and it raining a little everyday, it is making the course a little softer and a little slower, which is working to our advantage on the par fives. We played all right for the weather, and really our performance was okay. While we didn’t do anything special on the course today, but we did play solid.”
Following Tracy by a stroke and tied for No. 20 were Andrew Landry and Allen McFerran. David Lingmerth, shot a 1-under score of 71, finishing at a tie for No. 32. Jamie Marshall rounded out play for the Razorbacks with 2-over 74, resting at a tied 53rd spot.
Summing up the his team’s performance McMakin said, “Our 5th man did well for us, and it feels really good to have four scores under par on the first day of play. Jamie Marshall had a little trouble on a few holes, but I think that he will come back, make some putts and help the team.”
The Razorbacks played at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate last year ending in a tie for 8th place at a 17-under score of 847 for the three-day event. In the first round, the team has bettered their score by six strokes compared to previous year. Both Landry and Lingmerth played in last year’s tournament, ending with 8-under tied for 10th place finishes.
“The guys are playing pretty well considering it is their first time back since the fall. We are hoping for a better couple rounds in the coming days, looking to make some putts in the next two rounds, for a chance at taking the lead,” a hopeful Coach McMakin reiterated late on Wednesday.
The Razorbacks return to the course on Thursday for the second round. For more coverage of the Arkansas men’s golf team, visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com