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Razorbacks sixth after first round

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks sixth after first round

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. — A trio of University of Arkansas men’s golfers shot two-over par scores in the first round of the John Hayt Invitational at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Bach, Fla., on Sunday to pace the No. 8 Razorbacks to sixth-place in the team standings. The Razorbacks (+11) are just five strokes off the pace of No. 13 Central Florida who finished at six-over par to take the team lead after 18 holes. Tennessee is second at seven-over par and is followed by Coastal Carolina (+8), North Texas (+10) and No. 23 LSU (+10). Senior Ethan Tracy, junior Josh Eure and freshman Thomas Sorensen each finished the day at two-over par on Sunday and were joined by sophomore Sebastian Cappelen (+5) to account for Arkansas’ team score. The Razorbacks carded three eagles on the day, a number that matched Arkansas’ season total from the first six tournaments of the season, but three double-bogeys raised the Razorbacks’ team score. Tracy’s score of 74, two-over par, was achieved with his first eagle of the season, a birdie, five bogeys and 11 holes of par. Tracy opened the day with a bogey on the first and was two over after another bogey on five. He erased the two-over par score with his eagle on the par five, eighth, and made the turn at one-over par after his third bogey on nine. Tracy’s score would get to three-over par after back-to-back bogeys on 12 and 13, but he responded with a birdie on 14 and closed the round with four par putts. Eure had a similar round to Tracy in that he also recorded an eagle; his second of the year, and added a pair of birdies, six bogeys and nine pars. Eure’s day could not have started much worse as he posted back-to-back-to-back bogeys on the first three holes to open at three-over par. He immediately turned his fortunes around with his eagle on the par five, fourth, and closed the front nine at even par with a birdie on eight and four pars. Eure’s back nine included three bogeys and a birdie placing him at two-over for the day. The newest member of the Arkansas team, Sorensen’s day was up-and-down from the start, but despite playing in his second collegiate tournament, he managed to battle back from a score of four-over par after three holes to finish at two-over. Sorensen opened with a double bogey and had back-to-back bogeys on two and three to get to four over. He birdied the fourth hole, but went par, bogey on five and six to move back to four-over and birdie, bogey on eight and nine to make the turn at plus four. Five-over par after a bogey on No. 13, Sorensen closed out the round with a birdie on 16 and his first-collegiate eagle on 18. Arkansas’ scoring contingent in the first round was completed by sophomore Sebastian Cappelen whose final seven holes were not his best. Even par at the turn after a pair of bogeys and birdies, Cappelen was one-under par after he birdied the par four, 10th, but four bogeys and a double on the final seven holes of the round raised his score to five-over par which ties him for 40th overall. Junior Austin Cook did not play poorly in his first 18 holes at Sawgrass, but never found his rhythm, recording four bogeys, a double bogey and 13 pars. Cook was an identical three-over par on each side of the course with a bogey and double on the first nine holes and three bogeys on the final nine. Cook’s score of six-over par place him in a tie for 49th overall. Competing as an individual, freshman Kolton Crawford shot five-over par on Sunday. Starting on 10, Crawford had problems early, but after a birdie on 18, played the final nine holes at just one-over par with eight pars. The Razorbacks begin round two of the John Hayt Invitational on Monday morning at 8:45 a.m. eastern with players from North Texas and LSU.



Sports Category : Golf (M)