AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 15 University of Arkansas men’s golf team is rolling with three straight tournament victories and gets its chance for a school record fourth-in-a-row, Monday and Tuesday, at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas.
In order for the Razorbacks to set the record, they will have to face a stout field which includes No. 13 and host Texas, No. 16 Stanford and No. 19 Texas Tech. Other schools that make up the 14-team field include: Denver, Kent State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Pepperdine, SMU, Texas-Arlington, Texas-San Antonio, Texas Christian, and Tulsa. Arkansas has shared the course with 10 of the 14 teams in the field at one point in time or another this season and holds a 13-2 record in those contests with its only losses coming to Texas at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational and Kent State in the fall season opener, the Gopher Invitational. The Razorback defeats came by a combined 10 strokes.
"This event is going to test us," Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. Not only are there some very good teams to compete against, but the course also presents its own challenges. We do have some familiarity with the course, but will need to continue to play very good golf if we want to challenge for the team title."
The Razorbacks have been to the Morris Williams Intercollegiate in each of the last two seasons and last spring finished fifth in a 15-team field. The Morris Williams is contested at the University of Texas Golf Club and Arkansas will begin play with players from Texas and Stanford on holes 11-14 at 8:30 a.m.
Individually, Arkansas has gotten unbelievable play from freshman Sebastian Cappelen over the past three tournaments. Cappelen has finished no worse than second in each competition and is a combined 26-under par during that time span. His 17-under, 199, at the Border Olympics is one of the lowest scores by a player in the country this season and a school record for a 54-hole tournament.
While Cappelen has grabbed the headlines for his play, junior Ethan Tracy, senior Jamie Marshall, sophomore Austin Cook and freshman Will Pearson have also played exceptional. Cappelen and Tracy each have season stroke averages under 72 strokes per 18 holes, while Marshall’s 72.42 is also on All-American pace. The quintet has been on the course for each of Arkansas’ last three tournaments and is averaging a team score of 282 or 70.6 strokes per individual in each of their last nine rounds.