UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Sophomore Josh Eure led the members of the University of Arkansas men’s golf team at the U.S. Amateur in Washington on Monday with a first round score of 72, one-over par, to tie for 42nd overall. Junior Ethan Tracy and sophomore Austin Cook did not fare as well as they rank tied for 129th and 144th, respectively.
Eure was the first Razorback to step on the links on Monday with an early 7:15 a.m. tee time. Starting on the 10th tee of the Home Course in DuPont, Wash., Eure posted a pair of par scores before a bogey on the par three 12th. He would move back to par with a birdie on the par five 16th, and drop below par with another birdie on 17. Back-to-back bogeys on the first and second holes of the course put him at one over again and the Crofton, Md., native finished the round with a birdie and bogey on six and seven for his final score. Eure continues his quest to make the match play field of 64 on the Chambers Bay course on Tuesday, with a tee time of 2:30 central on the first tee.
Tracy’s day, also on the Home Course, began well with two holes of par and a birdie on the third, but a double bogey on the par three fourth put the Hilliard, Ohio native in a tough spot. He would rebounds with another birdie on nine to move to even par at the turn, but a rough stretch on 13 and 14 moved him from even par to three over and a birdie on the 18th placed him four over for his position. Still in the hunt, Tracy is two strokes off No. 64 in the standings, but would have to have a solid second round on the Chambers Bay course which he tackles at 2:40 p.m. on the 10th tee.
Cook had a tough start with a first hole bogey, but settled in and fired seven straight holes of par before a bogey on the par three ninth of the Chambers Bay course. Two over at the turn, Cook again found a groove and struck another five holes of par before two bogeys and a double on 15, 16 and 17 ruined an otherwise good round. Cook battled back with a birdie on the par five 18th, but his round of five-over par has him three strokes off the cut for match play. Cook’s second round begins at 9:55 a.m. on the 10th hole of the Home Course.
The remainder of the Razorback men’s golf team returned to campus for the first day of school on Monday. Arkansas’ first competition is the Gopher Invitational, Sept. 12-13 in Minnesota.