LAREDO, Texas – The University of Arkansas men’s golf team shot a combined 15-under par in the second of two rounds on Friday at the Border Olympics to charge up the leaderboard and place themselves in a tie for first with Oklahoma. Freshman Sebastian Cappelen’s personal 11-under par gives him a two-stroke lead over the competition heading into the final round.
The Razorbacks are 23-under par for the tournament being contested at the Laredo Country Club for their tie with Oklahoma at the top of the team leaderboard. In second and nine strokes behind the Sooners after 18 holes, Arkansas posted the best team score of the second round to make up the difference. Baylor (-14), Liberty (-9) and Indiana (-5) round out the top five of 19 teams as 10 schools were under par after the first day of competition.
While Arkansas as a team had a sensational day on the links, Cappelen’s day highlighted the Razorbacks’ effort. Opening with a birdie on the first, Cappelen was two-under par after nine holes and finished his first round at three-under. His second round of the day was one for the record books as he shot a 64, eight-under par including six birdies and an eagle.
Cappelen’s second round 64 matches the third best round in school history and is just one off the school record set by Matt Bortis in the third round of the Wolfpack Invitational in 2005-06 and Darren Holder who shot 63 in the second round of the TaylorMade Intercollegiate in 2002-03. Also of note for Cappelen’s day is that he ran his streak of consecutive rounds without a single stroke over par to five after three rounds at the Seminole Intercollegiate and two rounds of the Border Olympics.
Sophomore Austin Cook also played very well on Friday for the Razorbacks with back-to-back rounds of three-under par. His combined six-under place him in a three-way tie for sixth in the individual standings. Like his teammate, Cook also did not shoot a single stroke over par on Friday as the Jonesboro, Ark., native was one-under par after nine holes and played the back side of the course at two-under. His second round was the opposite of his first as he shot two-under on the front nine and one-under on the back. Cook looked very good on the par 5 holes as he played the eight holes at four-under par for the day.
Learning the course after the first round, junior Ethan Tracy shot a combined four-under par for the day. Tracy played his opening round at one-under par despite counting a double bogey on the par 5 ninth. Over his final 18 holes, Tracy was one under at the turn and back to even heading into 16. Tracy was brilliant on the 16th as he posted an eagle on the par four layout and a birdie on the 18th gave him his final score.
Senior Jamie Marshall was the fourth Razorback to post a below par score following his 36th hole as he shot consecutive rounds of one-under par. Marshall was even after six holes, Marshall scored back-to-back birdies to move to two under at the turn. He played his final 18 in the first round at one-over. His second round had him even with two birdies and two bogeys entering his final hole of competition where he promptly sank a birdie putt to finish in a tie for 20th.
Freshman Will Pearson struggled in his opening round as he counted a triple bogey in his six-over par score, but rebounded nicely over his final 18 holes, shooting one-under. After seven holes of scores above par in the first round, Pearson had just two in the second.
The Razorbacks look to win their fourth tournament of the season on Saturday with the final 18 holes of the Border Olympics. The Razorbacks open the day on the first five holes with players from Oklahoma, Indiana and Houston at 8 a.m.