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Razorbacks in third at Gator

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks in third at Gator

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Senior Ethan Tracy shot a one-over par, 141, on the first day of the Gator Invitational on Saturday to lead the No. 6 University of Arkansas men’s golf team to third-place in the spring season’s opening tournament at the Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla. The Razorbacks were consistent as a team with scores of eight- and nine-over par and are 12 strokes out of second place. No. 3 Auburn leads the way with a first-day score of even par and is trailed by the host, Florida (+12), Arkansas (+17), Liberty (+18) and Florida State (+18). Tracy opened his day with a bogey on the par three, eighth hole, but moved back to par on 12. He would trade a bogey and birdie on the back nine before moving under par for the first time on the par three, second and close out the round with five pars. In his second round, Tracy would card 12 pars, two birdies and four bogeys to finish at two-over for the round and one-over for the day. His finish places him in a tie for sixth overall. A single stroke behind his teammate, sophomore Sebastian Cappelen finished his opening two rounds at two-over par. Cappelen was even par through six holes before a double bogey on the par four, 16th. He would play the rest of the round and the day at even par for his 142, which places him in a tie for 11th. Cappelen’s day included 23 pars, six birdies, six bogeys and the double. Junior Austin Cook recorded a birdie on his 16th hole of play to get back to even par on his first round, but a tough second round placed him at six-over par for the day and tied for 23rd overall. Cook had a promising start to his second round with a birdie, but posted bogeys on five of the next nine holes to fall off the pace. Freshman Kolton Crawford learned from mistakes he made over the opening 18 holes to record a two-over par round over the final 18 of the day to finish at nine-over for the tournament. A double bogey in the opening round hurt the Texas native’s score, but in round two, Crawford played the course even par through 14 holes and finished with two bogeys and two pars. Playing in his first collegiate tournament, freshman Thomas Sorensen spent his first round adjusting, but improved his game by four strokes in round two. Double bogeys in each of his rounds hurt the Dane’s overall score but Sorensen’s second round did count to Arkansas’ team result. Playing as an individual, junior Josh Eure had a fabulous day, shooting one-over par and tying for the field lead in most holes of par with 27 over the first 36 holes. Eure had 15 pars, two birdies and a bogey over the first 18 holes and backed it up with 12 more pars, two birdies and four bogeys in round two. Competition at the Gator Invitational is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. eastern, one hour later than it was originally scheduled for, due to the concern of frost in the morning in the Gainesville, Fla., area.



Sports Category : Golf (M)