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Razorbacks improve, increase lead

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks improve, increase lead

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico – Sophomore Sebastian Cappelen matched his first round score, 68, on Friday to take a two-stroke lead in the individual standings and the No. 7 University of Arkansas men’s golf team increased their lead to 18 strokes at the Cabo Collegiate. Arkansas improved its team score by five strokes on Friday and was one of two teams in the field to shoot under par in the second round. The Razorbacks are 11-under par as a group while Southeastern Louisiana moved into second place at seven-over par. San Francisco (+13), St. Mary’s (+13) and Tennessee (+15) round out the top five in the 12-team field. As a team, the Razorbacks had it going as all four scorers shot under par for the day. Cappelen’s round of 68 led all players while junior Austin Cook and senior Ethan Tracy posted matching 69s. Freshman Kolton Crawford shot a one-under par 70 and junior Josh Eure shot 74. All five Razorbacks are among the top 17 individuals in the field with Cappelen, first, Cook, third, and Tracy, tied for fourth, are all in the top five players. Cappelen’s scorecard on Friday was extremely similar to Thursday in that in both rounds he sank five birdie putts and had just two bogeys. The second-year player was three-under par on the par three and par five holes while even par on the par fours. After opening with six straight pars, Cappelen then birdied each of his next four holes to go to four-under par. He finished his round with two bogeys and a birdie. Cappelen enters the final round with a two-stroke lead over Ji Hwan Park of San Francisco as he goes for his second collegiate victory and first of the season. Cook’s two-under par round moved him from a tie for eighth into third by himself. The Jonesboro, Ark., native had a rough start with a double bogey, birdie and bogey on holes two, three and four. He settled down for back-to-back pars before knocking in his first eagle of the season on the par five seventh. From that point, Cook was on target as he finished the round with nine pars and two birdies. Friday’s grinder award goes to Tracy who willed himself to a two-under par round. Four bogeys were countered by six birdies and had it not been for a bogey on 18, the senior could have matched Cappelen for the best score of the day. Tracy opened with a birdie and then went bogey, birdie, bogey on holes three, four and five to move to even par. A birdie on seven put him at one-under par at the turn and another birdie on 10 had things going in the right direction until a bogey on 11. Back-to-back birdies on 15 and 16 had the Ohio native at three-under par, but his bogey on 18 moved him back to two-under and a final score of 69. The biggest improvement went to Crawford who responded from an opening round of four-over par to shoot one-under. Crawford was one-over par through three holes, but a pair of birdies on five and seven placed him one-under par at the turn. He would match three birdies with three bogeys on the back nine to finish the round at one-under and moved from a tie for 25th to a tie for 17th with the effort. Eure’s three-over par was the high round of the day for the Razorbacks. A double bogey on three and back-to-back bogeys on five and six had him at four-over par through six holes. He would remain there at the turn and finished his round with a pair of birdies and a bogey to get back to three-over. Competing as an individual, sophomore Joe Doramus improved his score from round one as he shots a four-over par, 75, on Friday. Much more consistent than he was in his first collegiate round, Doramus posted five bogeys and a birdie in round two. The Little Rock, Ark., native birdied the par five seventh for the second straight day. The final round of the Cabo Collegiate is scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. local time start with the Razorbacks seeking their fourth win of the fall season.



Sports Category : Golf (M)