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SAN MARTIN, Calif.- With the wind gusting at nearly 30 mph most of the day, round two of the CordeValle Collegiate proved to be a challenge for the University of Arkansas men’s golf team. The Razorbacks saw a drop in the team leaderboard from their previous day’s 10-over tie at third place to a fourth place tie with Charlotte at 26-over.
Southern California lessened its punishing lead of the tournament by five strokes, leaving them at 1-under par for the tournament. Washington made the jump from fifth place to third by only adding seven strokes to its score for the day, ending at 19-over for both rounds. Stanford successfully negotiated its ascent from a tie at third with Arkansas to a No. 2 finish at 18-over.
Individually, Jamie Marshall greatly improved his previous day’s 6-over 78, to a 1-over 73. Marshall was at par until the 10th hole, making a bogie on both it and hole 11. He recovered, to par the next three, and eagle the 15th. After one additional bogie on the 17th hole, he ended the day at 1-over, and making a 31 place leap up the leaderboard to an eight-way tie at No. 29.
Andrew Landry leads the Razorbacks in the rankings at a 4-over tie for 17th place. Landry had been at 1-over after the first day, but added three strokes in day two, having a minor setback of the final hole of the day, one he had a chance to birdie or potentially eagle. “Andrew used a short club on the last hole, and that hurt him.”
Freshman Ethan Tracy has been making a fine showing at this event, pleasing McMakin with 3-over first round and a 2-over second. “He has been playing great. Both he and Alan McFerrin have been out there playing great rounds for the team.” McFerran and David Lingmerth have turned in cards that have closely mirrored each other in first two rounds, turning in even-par scores, and then 5-over ones in round two.
In what head coach Brad McMakin admits was a difficult day he said, “we could not have done too much better than what we did. We got off to kind of a bad start, recovered and got it back, but then lost it again, then recovered again.”
On the front nine, the men made four birdies, eight bogies, and a double bogie, leaving the team 6-over par. By the time all scores were carded, the days to par score had jumped another 10 strokes with seven birdies, 16 bogies, two double bogies, and one eagle the team incurred on the last nine holes. McMakin had hoped his team could stick with Stanford, but considers having four of his players in the top 20 to be an accomplishment, even with the rough patches.
McMakin summed up the day by saying, “the guys have had some good rounds, but they haven’t been together. If we can do it together and put it together, we’ll be in a good place.”Tournament play wraps up with the third round on Wednesday. It will be the final round of team play for the fall season for the Razorbacks. McMakin hopes his team, “can stick it out in the top five. If we can do that I will be pleased.”
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