UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – The University of Arkansas men’s golf trio participating at the U.S. Amateur were eliminated following stroke play in University Place, Wash., late Tuesday. Sophomore Josh Eure, junior Ethan Tracy and sophomore Austin Cook each struggled on the second day to finish outside a top 64 placing needed to advance to match play at the event.
"Even though the guys were not able to advance to match play, the experience that they gained over the summer and at the Amateur will only make them better players," Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. "Qualifying for the Amateur is no easy task and to have three players from the same program do so is very exciting. This experience will help them grow on and off the course and should give us a great starting point as we prepare for the 2010-11 season."
Eure entered the second round of stroke play at one-over par, but a tough first hole on the Chambers Bay course did not get any easier for the Crofton, Md., native as he opened his scoring with the first of two double bogeys in the opening nine holes. Eure finished the day with a score of 80, nine-over par and fell in the standings into a tie for 118th place, 10-over par for the tournament.
The eldest of the Arkansas players, Tracy, had the best second-day score on the Chambers Bay course with a round of 78 to finish at 11-over par and tied for 138th. Tracy also posted a double bogey on the first hole and was four-over par through three holes before hitting a birdie on the par five fourth. He would hit four straight holes of par before a bogey on the ninth. Tracy ended the round three-over par on the back nine with a birdie, three, on the 425-yard 16th hole.
Playing his final round on the Home Course, Cook began his round better than his teammates with par on his first three holes. Back-to-back bogeys on four and five hurt the Jonesboro, Ark., native’s score, but a double bogey on seven put him at four over for the front nine. Cook finished the competition tied for 212th at 15-over par.
The Razorbacks begin their 2010-11 season on Sept. 12-13 at the Gopher Invitational in Minnesota.