CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico – Sophomore Austin Cook shot even par on the first day of the Cabo Collegiate to lead the University of Arkansas men’s golf team into a tie for third after 18 holes at the Querencia Golf Course in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Arkansas (297) is seven strokes off the pace of team leader Houston (290) and just two strokes behind UC-Irvine (295) for second place. The Razorbacks are tied with Oregon St. for third and sit seven strokes ahead of both Pacific and Texas-Arlington.
Cook’s round started well with a birdie on his first hole, the par four, third. Bogeys on six and eight began an up and down round that saw the Jonesboro, Ark., native go from one-under, to one-over, back to one-under and eventually to even par. Cook posted five birdies and five bogeys on the day and shot two-under on the par five holes to finish the day tied for third individually, four strokes off the pace of Bryan Harris of UC-Irvine.
Senior Jamie Marshall finished his day at two-over par to rank tied for 13th individually. Marshall bookended back-to-back bogeys on six and seven with birdies on five and eight and recorded two other birdies during his round but a double bogey on the par four 16th to go from one-under par to one over. A bogey five on the 17th put the Castle Rock, Colo., native at two-over where he would finish his round.
Sebastian Cappelen began his day with a double-bogey, and was four-over par at the turn, but a great back nine of one-under par had the Denmark native at three-over for the round and in a tie for 17th. Cappelen’s back nine began with his second eagle of the season on the par five 10th and also included a birdie and two bogeys.
The most consistent round of the day belonged to junior Ethan Tracy as he connected on 12 holes of par. One birdie and five bogeys however placed the Hilliard, Ohio, native at four-over par. Freshman Will Pearson rounded out Arkansas’ competing five with a five-over par score, 77. Pearson’s day began with a bogey and double bogey on his first two holes, but the youngster settled in two shoot one-under over his next eight holes before three consecutive bogeys moved him to five over.
Sophomore Josh Eure, playing as an individual, was four-over par on the day. Eure was two-under through seven holes, but then hit a tough stretch where he was six over the next three holes before settling back with back-to-back birdies.