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Rain hinders second round

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Rain hinders second round

BURLINGTON, Iowa — Heavy rains disrupted play in the second round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Monday, but the inclement weather didn’t dampen junior Josh Eure’s round as he finished with a career best, 68, four-under par. The Razorbacks shot six-over par as a team for the middle 18 holes of the 54 hole event and are in third position, four strokes behind the leader, Chattanooga. After an opening round of eight-under par, where team scores were low across the board, the Razorbacks shot six-over par on Monday, but still posted the fifth best team round as everyone struggled with the rain. The Razorbacks did fall one place in the team standings after play on Monday and are now in third. Chattanooga leads the tournament at six-under par and is followed by Oklahoma State (-4), Arkansas (-2), Iowa (+1) and New Mexico (+4). Eure, unlike the rest of the field, was unfazed by the rains as he opened with back-to-back birdies for the second straight day. The Crofton, Md., native was much better at minimizing his mistakes on Monday, counting just a single bogey, while sinking five birdie putts. Eure was four-under par at the turn and played the back side even with a single birdie and bogey to go along with seven pars. Eure’s two-round score of 138, six-under par, is five strokes better than any 36-hole score he previously had as a collegiate and has him in third individually, two strokes off the tournament leaders. Coming up big down the stretch, freshman Kolton Crawford kept the Razorbacks in the hunt for the team title when he birdied two of his final three holes to move to one-over par for the round. Back-to-back bogeys to begin the day put Crawford in a tough spot, but he settled down to play the front nine at three-over. A birdie on 10 got things rolling and after a bogey on 14, Crawford was three-over before his back-to-back birdie putts on 16 and 17. At one-over par for the tournament, Crawford is tied for 21st and looking to make his first top 25 or better finish in his young Razorback career. Junior Austin Cook posted two birdies in his second round, but six bogeys moved him back to even for the tournament. Looking solid early, Cook was one-under through six holes and the Jonesboro, Ark., native made the turn at one-over par. His play struggled as the rains picked up and he played the final nine holes at three-over par to arrive at his final score. Sophomore Sebastian Cappelen rounded out Arkansas’ scoring quartet with a score of five-over par. Cappelen carded three bogeys on the front nine to make the turn at three-over par and after moving to four-over, appeared to turn things around with back-to-back birdies on 11 and 12, but three bogeys over the final six holes left him at five-over for the round. Senior Ethan Tracy had a tough second round, finishing at six-over par for the day. A double bogey on the fourth got him off to bad start, but the elder statesman of the team did end his round with a birdie. The final round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Spirit Hollow Golf Course.



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