JUNCTION CITY, Ore. – Freshman Josh Eure shot a one-under-par 71 on the final day of the Oregon Duck Invitational at Shadow Hills Country Club in Junction City, Ore., on Tuesday afternoon to pace the Arkansas Razorback men’s golf team to a second-place finish in the team standings.
Arkansas shot 363 as a team on the final round of competition, the third best score of the day, for a three-round total of 1,080, seven shots off the pace of top-10 ranked Oregon who led Tuesday’s competition with a 358 for a three-round score of 1,073. Oregon State finished third at 1,088, Idaho, fourth at 1,101 and Washington State, fifth at 1,102.
"I thought that we played really well," Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. "I obviously would have liked to get the win, but I thought that we competed well and even had the lead. I like what’s going on right now and now hopefully we’ll have another good week and be ready for the SEC Championships."
Eure’s final round 71 led the Razorbacks and moved the Razorback into a tie for eighth in the individual competition. The top 10 finish for Eure is the second of his career and first since Arkansas’ opening competition of the spring. Eure finished with a score of two-under-par for the tournament marking the first time in his short Razorback career, eight tournaments, that he has fired a below par score. Also impressive for Arkansas’ up-and-comer is the fact that Eure led all golfers in par three scoring at 2.75 strokes and was three-under par for those holes.
"I thought that all our freshmen showed good leadership this week," McMakin said. "Josh was leading the tournament at four under and played really well all week."
Senior David Lingmerth led the Razorbacks in the individual standings with a three-under-par, 213. Lingmerth’s finish drops his already impressive stroke average and his below par score is the fifth time in 10 tournaments this season that the Swede has recorded a below par score and the eighth time this season that he has finished among the top 10 at a tournament. Lingmerth’s final score included 12 birdies, second among the 84 golfers competing. Lingmerth also fired even par over the par four holes and led the competition at seven-under-par for the par five holes.
Freshman Austin Cook had a rough day on the links on Tuesday, but still managed a three-day score of 220 to tie for 22nd overall. He was matched by senior Dalton Owens who carded a 74 on Tuesday for his finish. Senior Jamie Marshall and sophomore Ethan Tracy each shot 73 on Tuesday to finish tied for 28th and tied for 44th, respectively.
The Razorbacks return to the links on April 5 when they play at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas.