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Final day rally not enough

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Final day rally not enough

BATON ROUGE, La. – A final day rally by the University of Arkansas men’s golf team came up just short at the David Toms Intercollegiate on Tuesday as the Razorbacks shaved five strokes off the lead of LSU only to come up two strokes out of first place. Junior Ethan Tracy led the Razorbacks with a tie for second individually while senior Jamie Marshall shot a final round, 69, three strokes under par.

Arkansas’ finish is its fourth top four in four tournaments this season and its 14-under par performance is a season best. The Razorbacks were the most consistent team on the course over the past two days with team scores of 283, 283 and 284 for their final total of 850. LSU, the host and winner shot 283, 276, 289 for a team total of 848. South Alabama finished third with a score of 855, nine-under par, with Middle Tennessee State and North Florida rounding out the top five.

Tracy and Marshall each had very good final days with eight birdies and four bogeys between the pair. Marshall’s final round of 69 tied for the second best round of the day and propelled the senior into the top 10, his third top 10 finish of the season. Tracy’s one-under par performance on Tuesday placed him in second overall at six-under par for the three rounds and is also his third top 10 of the year.

"I thought that we played well today and throughout the tournament," Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. "To play LSU, one of the best teams in the country, to within two strokes on their home course which they play on every day says something about the ability of the players on this team. I am very proud of their effort over the last two days."

Marshall was very good on the 10 par four holes at the Country Club of Louisiana as he led all golfers with a total score of five-under par. He was also among the tournament leaders in birdies with 12 over the 54-hole tournament and just behind Tracy who connected on 13 birdies.

While Marshall and Tracy led the Razorbacks throughout the tournament, Kevin Vanden Heuvel responded after a tough first day to shoot one-under par for the round and record his first round counted toward Arkansas’ team score. Vanden Heuvel began the round with a bogey on his second hole, then found himself two-over par after six holes, but an eagle on the par four seventh placed him back at even par. The redshirt freshman would shoot one-under par on the back side of the course to finish at 71. Vanden Heuvel is the second Razorback this season to record an eagle joining freshman Sebastian Cappelen as the only Hogs to do it.

Cappelen finished the David Toms tied for 20th overall with a final round of one-over par and total score of one-under. Getting off to a tough start with a double bogey on the first, Cappelen was one-over par at the turn. Two birdies and two bogeys on the back side of the course gave him his final tally. The Odense, Denmark, native was very good on the par five holes for the tournament as he played the longest holes at six-under par.

The Razorback contingent was completed by freshman Will Pearson who had his worst round of the tournament on Tuesday. A pair of double bogeys hurt what could have been another round of even par for the first-year player as he finished at four over for the round and two over for the tournament.

The Razorbacks are back in action in two weeks when they travel to the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Waco, Texas, Nov. 1-2.



Sports Category : Golf (M)