LAREDO, Texas – The University of Arkansas men’s golf team won its third consecutive tournament on Saturday when it took top honors at the Border Olympics in Laredo, Texas. Arkansas shot nine-under par as a team on Saturday and 32-under par over the 54-hole event to win by five strokes at the Laredo Country Club.
Arkansas’ three straight wins are the first time since the 1992-93 season that it has taken back-to-back-to-back team honors, while the four wins produced by the team this season including the fall are the most since the Hogs claimed four titles back in 1996-97.
"I am really proud of the guys and the way they played," Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. "Oklahoma had a very good first round which put us behind, but the guys were undeterred and came out with a phenomenal second round and closed the tournament out well today. Sebastian [Cappelen] had another outstanding tournament and missed his second victory by just two strokes."
Cappelen led the Razorbacks on Saturday for the third straight round with a six-under par, 66. After blistering the course for a 64 in the second round, Cappelen birdied each of his first two holes to run his streak of consecutive rounds without a stroke over par to six. Three birdies and an eagle on the front nine were coupled with two birdies and a bogey on the back side for his six-under which put the Dane at 17-under par for the tournament and in second place individually. Cappelen was edged by Rice’s Michael Whitehead who shot a tournament low 10-under par, 62, on Saturday to claim medalist honors.
The Razorbacks placed three players among the top 11 individuals as junior Ethan Tracy tied for eighth while sophomore Austin Cook tied for 11th. Tracy was solid throughout the three-round affair and carded three birdies and a bogey on Saturday for a score of two-under par. One-over through eight holes, Tracy birdied two of the final three par 5 holes on way to his final score.
Cook’s round on Saturday was a whisker from under par as he double bogeyed the 18th to move to one-over for the round and five-under for the tournament. Cook pocketed a pair of birdies on the front nine and sank 14 par putts on the day.
Senior Jamie Marshall finished Saturday’s action at even par. Marshall sank a birdie putt on his second hole of the day and looked solid with five straight holes of par before a bogey. Marshall bogeyed one other hole on the back nine before finishing out the afternoon with two pars and a birdie.
Arkansas’ final scorer on Saturday was Will Pearson who rode an up-and-down day with five birdies and four bogeys to finish at one-under par. Pearson got off to a hot start with back-to-back birdies and was two-under par after six holes. A bogey landed him at one-under until his 13th hole of the day where he sank a birdie putt. A pair of bogeys and birdie later and the Memphis, Tenn., native finished the day with his one-under score, matching his best round of the tournament.
The Razorbacks are back in action for their final regular season tournament of the year on April 4-5 when they travel to the Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas.