FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Four Razorback golfers are in the top 20 on the individual leaderboard as Arkansas sits in first place after 36 holes of play at the Border Olympics in Laredo, Texas. The Razorbacks were in seventh place following the opening round, but freshman Sam Chavez fired a career-low 65 and UA posted a 281 in the second round to lead the Razorbacks to the top of the team standings.
Chavez opened the day with a first-round 76 on the par-72 course at the Laredo Country Club and was in a tie for 41st place. Using the seven-under-par 65 over the next 18 holes, Chavez climbed 37 spots into a tie for 4th place. He is tied with three other golfers with a three-under-par 141 total. His 65 was the low round by any golfer on day one and the lowest by a Razorback since Andrew Landry carded the same score in the second round of the Hootie at Bulls Bay event last season.
Landry posted scores of 71 and 73 in the first and second rounds, respectively. The Razorback junior is tied with Justin Harding of Lamar for 11th place (E, 144). Sophomore David Lingmerth is one-over-par after the first two rounds and shares 13th place with five other golfers.
The fourth Razorback inside the top 20 is junior Will Osborne. He is tied for 19th place with a two-over-par 146. Osborne will be looking for his first top-20 finish of the season and third of his career. Jason Turner rounds out the UA lineup and is among a group of eight golfers at 48th place.
The Razorbacks (E, 576) lead host-team Houston and South Carolina-Aiken by four shots heading in Saturday’s final round. No. 24 Lamar and New Mexico State are tied for fourth place at seven-over-par. Baylor’s Colston Williams will take a two-shot lead over Roger Sloan of UTEP into the final 18 hole. Williams is seven-under-par after day one.
Arkansas will be looking for its first team title since the 2006-07 season opener where it tied with St. Mary’s (Calif.) for first place at the Del Walker Intercollegiate. The final round will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Log on to www.hogwired.com for complete results.