TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Freshman Sebastian Cappelen shot even par on Saturday to finish in second place individually and keep the 17th-ranked University of Arkansas men’s golf team in first at the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee, Fla., after two rounds of competition. The Razorbacks are in prime position to win their third tournament of the season and second in as many tries on Sunday with the final 18 holes.
Arkansas was three-over par on the day and saw its sizeable lead shrunk to just three strokes, but the Razorbacks played well as a unit with only one player shooting worse than one-over par. The Razorbacks completed 36 holes at the Southwood Golf Club with a team score of, 564, four-under par. Host Florida State made up ground on day two by shooting four-under par, but remains three strokes behind the Razorbacks. Kennesaw State, North Texas and Mississippi State round out the top five with team scores of three-, four- and 10-over par.
Cappelen posted Arkansas’ lowest score of the day for the second day in a row with his round of even par, 71. Three birdies and three bogeys were sprinkled throughout his 18-hole day, but the Dane will likely look back at back-to-back bogeys on 12 and 13 as a rough spot that kept him out of a tie first after the second day. Cappelen is tied for second individually at three-under par, one stroke off the pace of Zach Portemont of Troy.
The remaining three scorers for the Razorbacks each fired one-over par rounds, although each took a very different avenue in getting their final result. Freshman Will Pearson was even par though nine holes before a bogey six on the par five 10th. He immediately moved back to par with a birdie on 11 and was one-under after his second birdie of the day on 15. Back-to-back bogeys on 16 and 17 were followed by par on 18 to get to his final score.
Junior Ethan Tracy was solid as well with a round of one-under par going through11 holes. Tracy birdied the first hole for the second straight day, but bogeyed five to move back to even. A birdie on nine had him at one-under at the turn where he would remain until recording back-to-back bogeys on 12 and 13. The Hilliard, Ohio, native finished his round with five straight holes of par.
Senior Jamie Marshall looked to have things going great early on despite a bogey on No. 2. One-under par through eight, Marshall recorded a double-bogey on nine to move to one over. The Castle Rock, Colo., native then moved back to par with a birdie on 11 and shot par on his next six holes before a bogey on 18 finished his day.
Arkansas’ final round of the day came from sophomore Austin Cook who recorded a birdie on the first hole, but five bogeys over the next 17 to finish his round at four-over par.