CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico – Senior Jamie Marshall shot a final round, 68, four-under par, to claim medalist honors and lead the University of Arkansas men’s golf team to the team championship at the Cabo Collegiate at Querencia Golf Club in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on Monday.
The victory for Marshall is his first of the season and second of his career. The Castle Rock, Colo., native matched the second-best round by any golfer in the tournament on the final day and moved from a tie for third in the individual standings to first as final round leader Kelly Kraft of SMU shot a final round 75, three-over par to tie for second.
"We had a great day on Sunday, but today was even better," Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. "Course conditions today allowed for teams to shoot better scores overall, but the way that we came out was phenomenal. To shoot 11-under par as a team is really special and I am proud of the way that we came out and attacked the course."
Arkansas’ final round, 277, is the lowest score by an Arkansas team since the 2008 season when it posted back-to-back rounds of 272 at the University of Maryland Golf Course, a course that was set up as a par 71 and not the par 72 of the Querencia course. In fact, Arkansas’ 277 on the day was the Razorbacks’ lowest score on a par 72 course since the TaylorMade Intercollegiate in 2005 when it shot back-to-back rounds of 276.
Marshall’s final round consisted of just one bogey and five birdies including back-to-back-to-back birds on 11, 12 and 13 that sent him from one-under to four-under par. The senior finished his tournament 13 birdies and just six holes of bogey or worse on way to his season best score of 211, the third best three-round score of his collegiate career.
While Marshall grabbed the hardware and the headline, credit also goes to sophomore Austin Cook who matched his best collegiate round and shattered his previous best three-round score with a four-under par, 68, and tournament finish of 212. Cook had some trouble on the front nine with two birdies and three bogeys, but owned the back nine throughout the tournament. Cook was five-under par for the day on the final nine holes and seven-under for the tournament. The Jonesboro, Ark., native moved up four spots in the individual standings with his final round to tie for second, matching his career best finish.
Junior Ethan Tracy recorded his second sub-par round of the tournament on Monday as he finished tied for ninth individually at even par, 216. Tracy posted a second 18-hole score of two-under par, 70, on Monday with four birdies and two bogeys, nearly identical to his second round scorecard. Tracy’s finish is his best since last January when he tied for second at the Redstone Challenge.
The Razorbacks’ fourth under-par round came from freshman Sebastian Cappelen who came back from a tough second-round and bad start on Monday to finish at 71, one-under par. Cappelen carded a three-over par, eight on the par five ninth, but posted his second eagle of the tournament on the 10th, another par five, to get back to one-over par. He would finish the round with three birdies and a bogey for his final score.
Playing individually, Josh Eure tied for seventh overall with a final round score of 70, two-under par. Eure notched his second consecutive sub-par score on Monday as he counted four birdies and two bogeys over his final 18 holes. Freshman Will Pearson, who was outshined by monster scores from his teammates, shot a respectable two-over par on the final day to finish the tournament tied for ninth.
The Razorbacks are back in action next weekend when they participate in the Jack Nicklaus in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 11-12.