COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Jamie Marshall and the University of Arkansas men’s golf team are exactly where they want to be after two rounds of the Jack Nicklaus Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, in the lead with just 18 holes to play. The Razorbacks hold a two-stroke advantage over Oklahoma State and Marshall is tied for the individual lead after shooting even par through 36 holes.
The Razorbacks jumped out to a big lead as they were three-under par as a team through the opening holes, but the course and conditions caught up to the Razorbacks and their sub-par score went away. Despite that, the Hogs still held a lead in the team battle after the opening 18 holes by shooting 286 as a team, one stroke better than Southern California. Over the next 18 holes, the Razorbacks would post the fourth best round at 292 and hold on to a two-stroke edge of Oklahoma State who completed the second-best round of the day at 285 as a squad to move from fifth to second. Texas made the biggest drop in team score between the first and second rounds as they shaved 20 strokes to move from seventh to fourth.
For the Razorbacks, Marshall maintained the confidence gained in his tournament victory at the Cabo Collegiate into the Jack Nicklaus as he shot a score of two-under par over the opening 18 holes. Three-under par at the turn, Marshall birdied four of five holes before the break. Marshall connected on four more birdies in his second round, but six bogeys brought his first day total back to even par to tie with Illinois’ Luke Guthrie who shot even par in both his rounds.
Junior Ethan Tracy and freshman Sebastian Cappelen each shot four-over par on the day to place themselves in three-way tie for seventh position as individuals. Tracy was one-over par on his opening round with three birdies and four bogeys. His second round however had a rough start as he found himself four-over par after five holes. Five over after 14 holes, Tracy came through in the clutch with birdies on 17 and 18 to drop his score back to three-over par after the first day.
Cappelen’s day began great with four birdies over his first nine holes and three-under par at the turn. The back side of the course was unkind to the Dane in the first round as he posted bogeys on each of his final five holes to end the round at two over. Cappelen’s second round did not include the prolonged stretch of above-par holes, but did include his fourth eagle of the season as he matched his opening round score. Cappelen is the only Razorback this season to record an eagle and all four of his two-under par holes have come on par 5’s.
Sophomore Josh Eure, who played himself into the traveling squad with a tremendous effort in Cabo, finished the day at 10-over par and in a tie for 25th overall. Eure was able to stay out of major trouble throughout his opening round and was three-over par heading into the final hole, but a double bogey on the last moved him to five over. Eure’s second round was similar to his first in that the Crofton, Md., native stayed out of trouble, but he could only manage one birdie over his final 18 holes.
The toughest round of the day belonged to Austin Cook. After a five-over par round to open the tournament including three birdies, Cook counted four double bogeys in his second round of play. The Jonesboro, Ark., native is tied for 51st.
The Razorbacks seek their second consecutive team title on Tuesday morning with the third and final round of the Jack Nicklaus Invitational. To follow the action live, go to www.golfstat.com.