LAREDO, Texas – Ethan Tracy and Dalton Owens each shot even par through two rounds on Friday at the Border Olympics in Laredo, Texas, to pace the Arkansas men’s golf team to a sixth-place standing with one round left to play.
The Razorbacks played a very good first round and held a one-stroke lead on the competition after 18 holes, but fell back in the second round. Arkansas is still within striking distance of the top spot in the competition, currently held by Lamar Univ. at 587, three-under par. Oklahoma is second in team scoring at four over par, 580, and is followed by Texas State, 581, Baylor, 583, UT-Arlington, 584, and Arkansas, 586.
Arkansas as a team played very well on the par five holes on the course as they were a collective two under par for the Laredo Country Club’s longest holes. What hurt the Razorbacks most were the par four holes where they were 14-over-par.
Tracy, a sophomore, opened his Friday with a one-under par 71 for the first round before shooting one over in the afternoon session to end at even and in a tie for eighth overall. He was matched by the senior, Owens, who opened with a team best 70, two-under par, over the first 18 holes before dropping back to even par with a 74 on the second 18. Tracy led all golfers on the course with 11 birdies on the day while Owens connected for nine sub-par holes.
Jamie Marshall, Austin Cook and David Lingmerth all had over par rounds with Marshall shooting 73-76 for a first day score of 149, five over par, Cook totaling 73-77 for a 150, six over par and Lingmerth shooting 76-76 for an eight-over par day of 152. Marshall and Cook were among the competition leaders in pars with 25 each out of the opening 36 holes.
Competition at the Border Olympics continues on Saturday with the final round. For more information regarding Razorback men’s golf or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.