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SAN MARTIN, Calif.-Despite weather conditions, it was an exciting first round of the golf at the CordeValle Collegiate, culminating in a heavily stacked individual leaderboard and a tight race on the team front. The University of Arkansas men’s golf team spent the day checking into different spots atop the leaderboard, at one point making a run at second place. In their wake, the Razorbacks buried the current NCAA National Champion, UCLA who ended round one at 14-over and tied in seventh place with Lamar. For the evening, the Razorbacks have nestled into a tie for third place with 2007 NCAA National Champion, 11th ranked Stanford University at a 10-over 370.
The No. 4th Ranked University of Southern California Trojans set the pace for the tournament most of the day, ending 3-under at 357 in the top place. Trailing them by 10 strokes Charlotte is in the No. 2 spot with a score of 367. Individually it was USC’s Matthew Giles and Stanford’s Sihwan Kim battling it out for first place, both carded 3-under 69.
“We made some mistakes today; the bogies really hurt us, and we need to keep from making them, but we’re in the top three. All-in-all, we played pretty well today.” head coach Brad McMakin said after round one of play concluded.
Making a large contribution to the team’s placement on the leaderboard was courtesy of Fort Smith native Allen McFerran. McFerran turned in even-par scores for both the front and back nines of Monday. McMakin was pleased with McFerran’s performance saying, “Alan had a nice round today, and played well for us. He was a big help.” David Lingmerth was 1-under at the turn, but ended the day also at an even-par standing. Both McFerran and Lingmerth are in an eight-way tie for 10th place.
Senior Andrew Landry struggled a little in the first nine holes making four bogies, but offsetting it a bit with two birdies, ending the first at 2-over. “Andrew did not putt well on the first nine, but his was able to bounce back in the second,” McMakin said. On the last nine, Landry made two bogies and three birdies, ending the day at a 1-over 73 and in a five-way tie for 18th place.
In what McMakin describes as, “playing really well for a freshman,” Ethan Tracy started off his first nine holes of the tournament at even par, but four bogies and a birdie in the final nine pushed him back to a 3-over finish, and tie at No. 30. Jamie Marshall was plagued with three bogies and two double bogies, but was able to get one birdie, to end his day at a 6-over 78. As the sixth man of the team, Christoffer Arvidsson made his first tournament appearance of the year, shooting a 13-over 85.
“The forecast is better for the next couple of days; we just need to concentrate on improving and holding our ground the next couple of rounds. We need to get our No. 4 and 5 players to do what they need to do for the team, and I think we will be in good shape.”
Weather and morale permitting McMakin looks for the next two days to hold good rounds for his Razorbacks. The CordeValle Collegiate will resume on Tuesday for the second round of play, with Razorbacks Arvidsson and Tracy teeing off at 9:12 (PST), followed by Marshall and Lingmerth at 9:24(PST) and McFerran and Landry at 9:36(PST).
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