TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Senior David Lingmerth shot the best round of the tournament by an Arkansas men’s golfer on Sunday morning at three-under-par to pace the Razorbacks to the second best round of the day among the 14-team field at the Seminole Invitational and move the Razorbacks up into a tie for third overall.
The Razorbacks improved each day at the Seminole culminating with a final round score 288, which was not just the second best score of the day, but the fourth best score of the tournament. The Razorbacks moved from ninth on day one to sixth after 36 holes and into a two-way tie for third after the final scores were tallied. The host Florida State went wire-to-wire as the team leaders, finishing one stroke ahead of South Carolina in the team standings. Arkansas was eight strokes off the pace of Florida State and matched North Texas at 21 over par.
"I thought that we played well today," Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. "Our putting was poor yesterday and we left at least eight shots out there today so we could have been right there. The team played well and we got better every day. In the end we were beat by two top 10 teams, but had we not struggled with our putting we could have won."
Lingmerth’s final round of 68 was the only below-par round for the Razorbacks on the weekend and propelled Arkansas’ top player into a tie for seventh overall with a three-day score of 215. Lingmerth opened Sunday’s competition with a par on the first hole and it would be the only hole that he was at even par as the Swede birdied the next two holes to move to two-under-par. Overall, Lingmerth hit five birdies on the day and two bogeys for his final total which placed him just two over for the tournament.
Freshman Austin Cook shot an even par 71 on Sunday going one under on the front nine, but one over on the back side. Birdies on one, six and 13, two of which were par three holes, and bogeys on nine, 15 and 16 gave Cook his best round of the tournament as he ended the competition at seven over for a tie for 23rd.
Jamie Marshall was Arkansas’ No. 3 three player on Sunday and in the tournament as he finished his third round at +3, and the 54-hole competition at nine-over-par. Marshall birdied the par five first hole, then bogeyed four holes over the course of the day to come to his final score of 74, 222 for the tournament. Marshall tied for 28th in the individual standings.
Arkansas’ number four on the day and overall was senior Dalton Owens who had a tremendous day one, but had to battle back from a tough second day. Owens’ round consisted of two bogeys and a double bogey to finish at four over for the day and 11 over for the tournament. Owens’ final score of 224 ranked tied for 33rd overall.
Josh Eure rounded out Arkansas’ five competitors with a final score of 226, 13-over-par and tied for 43rd. Competing as an individual, Ethan Tracy finished at seven-over-par for the day and 16 over for the tournament to tie for 50th.
The Razorbacks’ busy month of March continues March 22-23 when Arkansas travels to the West Coast to play in the Oregon Duck Invitational.