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Razorbacks end fall with fourth victory

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks end fall with fourth victory

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico — Sophomore Sebastian Cappelen won his second collegiate tournament and paced the No. 7 University of Arkansas men’s golf team to its fourth team title of the fall at the Cabo Collegiate at Club Compestre Golf Course in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, on Saturday afternoon. The Razorbacks matched their season best team round of the season on way to a 26-stroke victory at the event. Arkansas shot 21-under par as a team, including 10-under par on Saturday, pulling away from the 12-team field. Southeastern Louisiana finished a distant second at five-over par and was followed by St. Mary’s (+7), San Francisco (+13) and Tennessee (+17) in the top five. “This is a great way to end the fall season,” Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. “As a team, we played very well in each round and minimized our mistakes which we’ve had some issue with in previous tournaments. I am really happy to see Sebastian playing as well as he did over the last three days. He has struggled a little this fall and this should give him a lot of confidence heading into the spring.” Arkansas’ victory is its fourth team title of the fall, matching its total from the 2010-11 season and tied for the third most in a single season in Razorback history. The Razorbacks have never won more than five tournaments in a single season and the last time they accomplished that task was 18 years ago during the 1992-93 season. The Hogs will get at least five chances to match or break that record when the spring season begins in February. Saturday’s action saw Cappelen post his third straight round in the 60s when he shot 69 to pick up a two-stroke victory over teammate Austin Cook. His three-round score of 205 was the second best of his career behind his school record 199 which he shot at the Border Olympics a year ago and ties for the fourth best in Arkansas history. Cappelen’s tournament was solid from the start as he birdied his first hole and never took a single stroke over par throughout the 54-hole event. He even recorded his first eagle of the season on Saturday and matched that with three birdies and three bogeys to shoot two-under par for the day. Cook made a solid run in an attempt to win his first collegiate tournament, but came up short on Saturday despite a career-best matching final round of 67. Cook posted two rounds in the 60s during the tournament to finish with a 54-hole tally of 207, a career best for the Jonesboro, Ark., native and a score that ranks 10th on Arkansas’ all-time list. The final round 67 by Cook is tied for the 22nd best single round tally and his play on Saturday included five birdies and just one bogey. Cook’s second-place finish matches his best collegiate finish which he had done two times prior to the Cabo Collegiate. Senior Ethan Tracy continued to play very good golf as he tied for fifth overall with a final round of 70, two-under par. The finish is Tracy’s fourth top five in five tournaments this season and his two-under par score was the third consecutive time that the Ohio native has been under par in a tournament. Tracy’s day began with a bogey, but he got that stroke back on the sixth hole and moved to one-under after a birdie on seven. Tracy would flirt with even par throughout the day and back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18 brought him back to one-under par. One of the best scores of the day was carded by freshman Kolton Crawford who notched a career best, 68, three-under par. Crawford completed the tournament in a tie for 11th, the second best finish of his career, and his final score of 213, even par, was a career best. His final round did not start well as the Mansfield, Texas, native found himself two-over par through four holes, but three straight birdies on seven, eight and nine had him at one-under par at the turn. Back-to-back bogeys on 10 and 11 had him over par once more, but he finished his round with four birdies over his final seven holes. Junior Josh Eure finished his tournament with a score of one-over par and despite not counting toward Arkansas’ team score on Saturday, still finished tied for 15th overall. Eure looked like he had a great round going as he made the turn at two-under par, but four bogeys and a birdie over his final nine holes placed him at one-over for the day. Eure was especially good on the longest holes of the course as he was three-under par on the four par fives. Competing as an individual, sophomore Joe Doramus recorded his best round with a three-under par, 68, on Saturday. After back-to-back rounds of above par, Doramus never took a stroke over par on Saturday as he blistered the back side of the course with four birdies and a bogey. The Razorbacks take a break from competition for the winter and return to the competition arena on February 10 at the Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.



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