PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – On a day where the University of Arkansas men’s golf team shot 11-over par as a team, the Razorbacks moved up two spots in the team standings at the John Hayt Invitational at the Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Freshman Sebastian Cappelen led the Razorbacks with a score of two-under par and is tied for the overall lead at five-under par with 18 holes to play.
Arkansas’ 11-over par day was the fourth best round of the day out of the 15-team field at the John Hayt. The Razorbacks team score of eight-over after two rounds is tied with LSU and Tennessee for second in the team standings and seven strokes behind Auburn who leads the way at one-over par. Central Florida and TCU are tied for fifth at 10-over par.
Individually, Cappelen has been sensational in his play on one of the tougher courses that the Razorbacks will see this season. Shooting one-over par on the front nine with just a single bogey to his credit, Cappelen made a furious charge on the back nine with three birdies to finish at two-under. His round was the second best of the day as only four players broke par and four others matched it.
Cappelen’s two-round score of 139 is a career best for 36 holes and the Odense, Denmark native is tearing up the course as he has posted 11 birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey in two days of action. Cappelen is four-under par on the par fives and two-under on the short par threes and is tied with Blayne Barber of Auburn and Phillip Choi of Florida for the top spot in the tournament. Cappelen’s career best finish came in his first competition as a Razorback, the Gopher Invitational where he finished second overall.
Rebounding from a difficult first day, sophomore Austin Cook finished his day at one-over par. Even through five holes, Cook bogeyed his next two holes before moving back to one-over par with a birdie on the par five eighth. He would immediately give the stroke back with a bogey on the ninth, but settled in to hit par on each of his next eight holes before ending his round with a birdie on 18.
Arkansas’ team score was completed with a pair of six-over par performances from senior Jamie Marshall and junior Ethan Tracy. Marshall’s round consisted of seven bogeys and a birdie while Tracy battled the entire day with three birdies, five bogeys and a pair of double bogeys.
Playing as an individual, Christoffer Arvidsson followed up his two-over par effort on Sunday with a four-over round on Monday. The junior, starting on 10, birdied his second hole of the day and was one under until he posted a bogey on 15. He would play the back nine at one-under par after a birdie on 18, but his final nine holes consisted of three bogeys and a double bogey leading to his final score.
Freshman Will Pearson completed Arkansas’ participation in round two with a final score of nine-over par and stands at tied for 53rd in the overall rankings.
The Razorbacks play the final round of the John Hayt Invitational on Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. eastern with team leader Auburn and LSU in their group.