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Cook tied for ninth at Patriot

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Cook tied for ninth at Patriot

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. — Junior Austin Cook of the University of Arkansas men’s golf team shot one-under par in the first round and is tied for ninth overall at the first annual Patriot All-America Invitational at The Wigwam in Litchfield, Park, Ariz. Cook was one of 12 players to shoot under par during first-round play and is one of three Razorbacks playing in the elite event which includes the nation’s best golfers. Joining Cook at the event are junior Josh Eure who is tied for 25th and sophomore Sebastian Cappelen who is tied for 46th in the 82-person field. Playing on The Wigwam’s Gold Course, Cook was on his game over the first nine holes of the course, shooting a combined four-under par, but he struggled on the back nine and carded three bogeys to end with his one-under par score. Avoiding any real trouble, Cook was best on the par four holes as he shot one-under including three birdies over those 11 challenges. The Jonesboro, Ark., native is just three strokes off the pace of the clubhouse leader, Brooks Koepka, who shot four-under par. Eure finished his first round at two-over par as he carded two birdies and four bogeys. Even through nine, Eure bogeyed two of the first four holes on the back nine before settling in and playing the final five holes at even par. Where Cook was good on the par four holes, that is where Eure had the most trouble, recording all his bogeys on those holes and getting his two birdies on a par three and par five, respectively. A double bogey on the second hole of the day put Cappelen in a tough spot, but he grinded out a round of five-over par over the first 18 holes. Despite his miscue on two, the Dane was two-over par through nine holes. He would bogey 10, but birdie 13 to stay in the hunt, but back-to-back-to-back bogeys on 14, 15 and 16 spoiled Cappelen’s round. The Razorbacks have two more rounds of golf at the Patriot All-America Invitational. Play begins at 9:30 a.m. local time and can be followed live at www.patriotallamerica.com



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