FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – David Lingmerth led the Razorback men’s golf team over the first two rounds of the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic on Monday shooting three over par for the opening 36 holes and pacing the Razorbacks to a tie for fourth place overall.
Lingmerth was fantastic on the front nine of the par 70, 7,023 yard Warren Golf Course, lighting up the greens for seven under par, but a difficult back nine had the senior’s number as he shot 10 over for his final score. Lingmerth carded a three-over 73 over the opening 18 holes and improved to even par for the second 18 and had it not been for a rough 10th hole on the opening round where he earned a triple bogey, he could be in the clubhouse two strokes off the lead. As it stands, Lingmerth is five strokes back of Notre Dame’s Josh Sandman who shot 138 for the first 36 holes of the tournament.
Jamie Marshall, who won his first collegiate tournament in Arkansas’ last tournament, the Wolverine at Radrick Farms, tied for 11th overall in the individual standings with a 36-hole score of 148, eight over par. Marshall was mostly consistent on the day shooting a three over par for the opening 18 holes and five over in the afternoon session. Marshall found the back nine of the Warren Course easier on his scorecard in the first round as he fired a pair of birdies and bogeys to play it even, but a double bogey on the 16th in the second round hurt his overall score.
The host, Notre Dame, leads the overall standings by 12 strokes after a two-round score of 578. The Fighting Irish opened with a score of 290, and then improved two strokes to 288 in round two. Iowa stands in second at +30 (590) followed by Ohio State +31 (591) and a three-way tie for fourth between the Razorbacks, Missouri and Houston at +32 (592). Hampering play on Monday were partly cloudy skies and chilly temperatures in the 40s and 50s for the opening round, warming up to just 60 degrees at the hottest point in the day. Tuesday’s forecast does not look much better as thunderstorms are called for mid day with temperatures in the same vicinity.
The remainder of the Arkansas lineup on Monday included freshman Josh Eure who finished tied for 21st with a +11 (74-77=151); sophomore Ethan Tracy, T53rd (77-75=152); and redshirt freshman Ty Spinella, T60th (75-81=156).
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