BRYAN, Texas — A four-stroke improvement from the morning to the afternoon round resulted in the No. 21 Arkansas men’s golf team finishing the 36-hole opening day of the Aggie Invitational held at Traditions Club in sole possession of eighth place on Saturday. The Razorbacks opened with a team score of 306 in the first round of the day and finished up with a 301. The two-round total of 606 is within nine strokes of Texas Tech in third place. Fellow SEC members No. 25 LSU and No. 16 Texas A&M sit in first and second place, respectively. The 12-team field features eight teams in the top 50 of the current Golfstat rankings. The Par 72, 7146-yard layout of the Traditions Club gave the field of 71 players all they could handle, as just eight under-par rounds were recorded on the day. Arkansas’ low-man at last year’s Aggie Invitational, sophomore Taylor Moore is again the lead man after rounds of 75 and 73 to sit in a tie for 13th place. Moore carded 19 pars over a 20-hole stretch to end the first round through his first nine holes of the afternoon. Moore now has a counting score in 15 straight rounds and is aiming to be Arkansas’ low-man for the fourth time in five events in the spring. Making his first career start, freshman Zach Coats provided a pair of counting scores in the form of a 77 and 74. Coats’ first birdie of the day came on the second hole of round two, as he finished the front at one-under in the round and two-over for the day. Coats is just one stroke off the top 20 in a tie for 23rd. Redshirt sophomore Kolton Crawford entered the day with two straight top 20s and is tied for 33rd with a 76-77/153 scorecard. Sophomore Nicolas Echavarria (77-78) and senior Sebastian Cappelen (79-77) each contributed one counting score on the day. Cappelen carded his 400th career birdie in the first round. Playing alongside No. 3 California and North Texas, Arkansas will return to the course for the final round on Sunday starting at 7:40 a.m. going off the 10th hole. Live scoring available through www.GolfStat.com or www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com, while in-round Twitter updates can be found by following @RazorbackMGolf.
Arkansas Lineup T13. Taylor Moore — 75-73/148 T23. Zach Coats — 77-74/151 T33. Kolton Crawford — 76-77/153 T37. Nicolas Echavarria — 77-78/155 T44. Sebastian Cappelen — 79-77/156
Arkansas Individual T61. William Meason — 80-82/162
Aggie Invitational Standings — Day 1 (Golfstat Ranking) 1. LSU (25) — 298-293/591 2. Texas A&M (16) — 297-295/592 3. Texas Tech (49) — 302-295/597 4. Oklahoma State (2) — 300-298/598 5. Kent State (30) — 305-297/602 6. San Diego State (41) — 305-298/603 7. California (7) — 302-303/605 8. Arkansas (21) — 305-301/606 T9. North Texas — 304-313/617 T9. New Mexico State — 321-296/617 11. Michigan — 316-303/619 12. Pacific — 328-299/627
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