AUSTIN, Texas – The Arkansas men’s golf team is tied for sixth place after two rounds of the Morris Williams Intercollegiate on Monday at the 6,906-yard, par-72 Austin Country Club.
The Razorbacks posted an 8-over-par round of 296 on the opening 18 holes, but clawed their way back into the tournament with a 5-under-par 283 in the second round. The two-round total of 579 is just seven strokes out of second place.
The 5-under-par 283 was the lowest round in relation to par the Hogs have shot this season and equaled the second-best round shot by any team during the first day of play.
Second-ranked Oklahoma State leads the event after identical rounds of 5-under-par 283 for a two-round total of 566. Texas Tech is in second place with a 4-under-par 572 after rounds of 286 on Monday. Oklahoma is in third place at 573 while host Texas is in fourth at 574 and BYU is fifth at 575. The Hogs are tied with Texas A&M and Stanford in sixth.
Matt Bortis carded six birdies over his final eight holes of the second round for a 3-under-par 69. He shot a 1-over-par 73 in the first round and is tied for seventh headed into Tuesday’s final 18 holes at 2-under-par 142.
Scotty Campbell and Josh Farrell are both tied for 23rd place after the first day of play at 1-over-par 145. Campbell opened up with a disappointing 4-over-par 76 in the first round back recovered to shot a 3-under-par 69 on the second 18 holes. Farrell, a native of Springdale, fired a steady 1-under-par 71 in the opening round and closed the day with a 2-over-par 74 in the second round.
Freshman Jordan Payne is two shots back of Campbell and Farrell at 3-over-par 147 after the first two rounds of play. Payne, a West Memphis native, opened with a 4-over-par 76 but closed with a 1-under-par 71 and is tied for 38th.
Eric Shriver shot a 78 in the first round and a 76 in the second round and is in a tie for 76th at 10-over-par 154.
The final round of the Morris Williams Intercollegiate begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start.