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Razorbacks win school record fifth title

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks win school record fifth title

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Senior Ethan Tracy fired a final round, four-under par, 68, on Tuesday to lead the No. 8 University of Arkansas men’s golf team to its fifth tournament win of the season at the John Hayt Invitational at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Arkansas’ victory matches the school record for wins in a year, five, which it had won two times previously with the last being the 1992-93 season. The Razorbacks entered the final day of competition three strokes off the lead and shot a tournament best, 281, seven-under par to win the competition by four strokes. “I am really proud of the way we came out today,” Arkansas Head Coach Brad McMakin said. “North Florida had a great round going early and even though we had a couple of bumps along the way, all four of our scorers were at or under par. Ethan was tremendous all day and as a team our scorers shot a combined seven-under par over the final nine holes which will allow you to win a lot of events.” Opening with a par, Tracy birdied the second hole of the day and never looked back. He was three-under par at the turn and was as low as five-under par after back-to-back birdies on 12 and 13. A single bogey blemished an otherwise flawless round for the senior who moved from a tie for 10th to third in the individual standings on Tuesday. His finish is his sixth top five in seven tournaments this season. Carding his best score of the tournament was junior Austin Cook who overcame a double bogey on the par three, third, to shoot two-under par for the round. Cook finished the day with seven birdies, three bogeys a double bogey and seven pars for the final round 70, which placed him in a tie for 15th overall. Junior Josh Eure also overcame a double bogey, his on the par four, ninth, to finish at one-under par. One-under as he stepped to the ninth tee, Eure’s double placed him one over at the turn. Eure then found his groove and was back to even par after the 11th hole. Again one-over par Eure knocked in his second eagle of the tournament on the par five, 18th, which placed him in a tie for 27th overall. Sophomore Sebastian Cappelen completed Arkansas’ scoring when he finished the day at even par to tie for 15th overall. Two-over par as he made the turn thanks to three bogeys and a birdie, Cappelen completed the round with two birdies and seven pars over the final nine holes to complete the Arkansas comeback effort. After a pair of rounds where he did not show much consistency, freshman Thomas Sorensen looked more comfortable on Tuesday and other than a double bogey on the back nine played a solid round of golf. Sorensen was even par through three holes before back-to-back bogeys on four and five had him at two-over par. He would birdie No. 7 to get back to one-over when he made the turn and finished with eight pars and the double to tie for 53rd overall. Playing as an individual, freshman Kolton Crawford shot a final round of 72 to place 14th individually and make a case to be placed in Arkansas’ scoring five. Crawford opened the day on 10 and was quickly under par with a birdie on his first hole. He would be two-under par after a birdie on 14, but a triple bogey on 16 moved him to one-over par. The Mansfield, Texas, native made the turn at two-over par after a bogey on 18 and was three-over with seven holes to play. That was when Crawford stepped his game up and knocked in three birdie putts over a four hole stretch to finish the day at even par. The Razorbacks are back on the course March 11-12 when they participate in the General Hackler Invitational in Pawleys Island, S.C.



Sports Category : Golf (M)