AUSTIN, Texas – A very good second round by the 15th-ranked University of Arkansas men’s golf team has it in contention for its fourth straight tournament victory at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas. The Razorbacks are four strokes off the pace of the host and leader, Texas, while senior Jamie Marshall is tied for third on the individual leaderboard.
Arkansas improved its team score by 12 strokes between the first and second rounds and its second round, 296, matches the second best round by any school through 36 holes. The Razorbacks struggled during the opening round of the day as each player counted a double bogey in his score, but after familiarizing themselves with the course and conditions, the Razorbacks rebounded well. No. 13 Texas leads the way with a team score of 600, 32 strokes over par, and is followed by TCU, 33-over par, Arkansas, 36-over par, No. 19 Texas Tech, 42-over and No. 16 Stanford, 43-over.
Marshall’s six-over par score may be tied for third overall, but is well off the pace of Tom Hoge of TCU who was the only player in the field to break par on Monday. Two-over after his opening round, despite counting a double bogey on his back nine, Marshall, played another solid round in the nightcap with two birdies and six bogeys. Marshall’s avoidance of any big scores allowed him to stay in the hunt and the Castle Rock, Colo., native was strong down the stretch as he posted both of his second round birdies on the final four holes.
Freshman Sebastian Cappelen went 114 straight holes without stroke over par until he bogeyed back-to-back holes midway through his first round. Like his teammates and the rest of the field, Cappelen struggled during the first 18 holes of the day with just a single birdie, six bogeys and a double bogey. The Dane played much better in his second round as he dropped his individual score from plus seven to plus two in the second round of the day to finish at nine-over par, and in a three-way tie for 11th overall.
Junior Ethan Tracy counted a pair of double bogeys in his opening round to finish at nine-over par, but three birdies and four bogeys in his second round has the Hilliard, Ohio, native at 10-over for the tournament and in a tie for 14th. Tracy was strong on the par five holes as he shot two-under par for the day on the longest holes of the course.
Arkansas’ team scores for the day were completed by sophomore Austin Cook who stands at 11-over par and tied for 20th. Cook counted rounds of six- and five-over par on the day with a pair of birdies, 11 bogeys and a double bogey.
Freshman Will Pearson finished the day at 21-over par while sophomore Josh Eure, competing as an individual, was 13-over. Eure posted the only eagle of the day for an Arkansas player as he scored a three on the par 5 ninth and also boasted three birdies in his round.
The final round of the Morris Williams Intercollegiate begins at 8 a.m. with the first Razorback taking the course at 9:30 a.m. The Razorbacks are paired with TCU and Texas for the final 18 holes.