ROLAND, Ark. – University of Arkansas senior Sebastian Cappelen and sophomore Taylor Moore each birdied the par-5, 1st hole on Thursday, jump-starting a pair of rounds that moved each of them into the top 10 heading into Friday’s final round of stroke play at the 111th Western Amateur Championship at The Alotian Club outside of Little Rock.
Moore entered the day in a tie for 18th following back-to-back two-under par 70s, but moved all the way up to a tie for 4th with a bogey-free, five-under 67 that was good for the second-best round of the day. Cappelen produced his second three-under 69 of the week to move from a tie for 27th into an eight-way tie for 9th position (69-72-69/210).
Also making the 53-player cut on Thursday were sophomore Nicolas Echavarria and redshirt senior Joe Doramus. The field began with 156 players, including 54 of the world’s top 100, but only 53 advanced through the cut number of one-under 143 which was finalized on Thursday morning when the second round was finished due to weather halting play on Wednesday.&
The top 16 players following Friday’s final round of stroke play will advance to the Western Amateur’s "Sweet 16" match play competition, beginning on Saturday, Aug. 4 with the first two rounds. The semifinals and championship match will all be played on Sunday, Aug. 5 with both rounds being of the 18-hole variety.
Fans can get updates of all four players’ final stroke play rounds on Friday by following @RazorbackMGolf on twitter.
Moore took full advantage of the course’s par 5s, as he birdied three of the four holes, including both on the front where he shot a three-under 33. The Edmond, Okla. Product has been under-par on the front nine each of the three days, piling up 39 pars, 12 birdies and just three bogeys. Moore’s score of 70(-2)-70(-2)-67(-5)/207(-9) is six strokes back of leader Patrick Rodgers of Stanford.
While Moore has been strong on the front nine, Cappelen has played The Alotian Club’s final nine holes at a combined eight-under par. Making the turn at one-over for the day, Cappelen played the final five holes at four-under, highlighted an eagle-two at the par 4, 15th hole. A PING All-American and a member of Team Europe at the 2013 Palmer Cup, Cappelen is just five strokes back of second place.
Making the cut line at exactly one-under 143 through the first two rounds, Echavarria bounced back with a three-under 69 to move into a tie for 25th at four-under for the Championship. Like Echavarria, Doramus hit the cut line exactly, but shot one-over 74 to move into a tie for 48th position.