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Razorbacks win Seminole

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks win Seminole

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Freshman Sebastian Cappelen tied for individual medalist honors in leading the University of Arkansas men’s golf team to its second team title in as many tournaments on Sunday afternoon at the Seminole Intercollegiate at the Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla.

Cappelen finished at five-under par for the three-day tournament including a round of two under on the final day. The Razorbacks walked away from the course with a team score of eight-under par, their fourth sub-par score in eight tournaments this year, and with a three stroke victory over Kennesaw State. Tournament host Florida State finished third at three-under and North Texas was two under.

"I am really proud of what the guys did today," Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. "We had a phenomenal first day and even though we didn’t play our best on day two, the guys came out focused today and shot one of the better rounds. I am very happy for Sebastian who has been close in a couple of tournaments, but wasn’t quite able to get over the hump. He was solid all weekend and never took a shot when he wasn’t even or below par. Ethan (Tracy) was also very good and was only two strokes behind the leaders."

The win for the Razorbacks is their third of the season, the most by an Arkansas team since the 2002-03 campaign when Arkansas won three of four tournaments to open the spring. That year, the Razorbacks went on to the NCAA Championships and finished 27th.

Cappelen’s final day included three birdies and just one bogey to go along with 14 pars. Birdies on one and eight had him at two-under par at the turn and a birdie on 10 and bogey on 15 left him even for the back side of the course. Over the course of the weekend, Cappelen tore up the front nine shooting a combined seven-under par with just a single bogey to his credit. He played the back side at two-over including two birdies and four bogeys.

Tracy also shot a very good round of two-under par on Sunday, a round that included his second eagle of the season. On the par five first, Tracy recorded the eagle to get started, and then hit 12 straight pars. A birdie on 14 had him three under before a bogey on 17 moved him back one stroke to his final score. Tracy tied for fourth overall with his three-day tally of three-under par and it is the Hilliard, Ohio, native’s fifth top 10 finish of the season.

Senior Jamie Marshall was just outside the top 10 when he finished tied for 11th overall with a three-day tally of 214, one-over par. Day three was Marshall’s best on the course in terms of consistency as he hit 14 pars, two birdies and two bogeys to finish with even par for the second time in three rounds. Marshall was one-under for the front nine and one-over on the back side of the course and notched his fourth top 20 finish of the year.

Completing Arkansas’ scoring on Sunday was freshman Will Pearson whose final round of even par helped the Razorbacks to a team title. Pearson was even par through the front nine after a birdie and bogey on eight and nine, respectively, and was poised to have a great finish with birdies on 10 and 12 moving him to two-under par. Unfortunately for Pearson, back-to-back bogeys on the final two holes of the day prevented him from breaking par.

Not counting in Arkansas’ team score on Sunday, but posting a top 20 finish overall was sophomore Austin Cook. Cook tied for 18th overall with his three-day score of three-over par, 216, and was one-over on Sunday. Cook got off to a great start with birdies on his first two holes, but bogeys on two of the next three had him back at even through five. He would make the turn at one-under after a birdie on nine but a pair of bogeys over the final nine holes placed him at one-over for the day.



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