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Second at the Gopher

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Second at the Gopher

WAYZATA, Minn. — Sophomore Sebastian Cappelen began the 2011-12 season where he finished 2010-11, leading the University of Arkansas men’s golf team, with a two-round score of one-under par at the Gopher Invitational in Wayzata, Minn. The Razorbacks are in second place in the team standings at five-over par, just four strokes off the pace of Notre Dame. Along with Cappelen who is tied for third individually, Arkansas junior Austin Cook (T7) and freshman Kolton Crawford (T10) are also among the top 10 at the event. “We got off to a slow start today,” Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. “We didn’t get going until about midway through the first round and that is the difference between leading and standing in second. I expect that we will play much better in tomorrow’s final round.” The Razorbacks stood in second after the first round of play, shooting a team score of 290, two-over par. The tally was four strokes better than every team save for Notre Dame who shot a stunning six-under par, 282. The second round for Arkansas placed the Razorbacks at five-over par as a team, but just four strokes behind the Fighting Irish who carded a seven-over par team score over the second 18 holes of the day. Cappelen’s two-round score of one-under par was not without its hiccups. In fact, he stunningly survived a double bogey on the par four, sixth hole, during his second round to finish at even par. Incredibly accurate on the day, Cappelen hit par on each of his first 15 holes and finished the day with 26 holes of par, six birdies, three bogeys and the double. Cook also had a remarkably consistent day with numerous par putts. Two-over par after his first four holes, Cook came back with a birdie on his fifth hole and finished the round with 11 pars and two birdies to stand at one-under par after 18 holes. His second round of the day also counted a double bogey, but he balanced his other two bogeys with two birdies to shoot two-over par and take a 36-round score of one-over par into the clubhouse. Playing in his first collegiate tournament, Crawford posted a bogey on his first hole, but came back with eight holes of par before his first collegiate birdie. A double bogey, bogey and two birdies later and Crawford finished his first round at one-over par. The round could have been much worse as he stood at three-over with two holes to play, but back-to-back birdies on his final two holes moved him back to one over. Crawford’s second round began with a par and birdie before back-to-back bogeys had him at one-over par. He would conclude the day with two more birdies and two bogeys to have identical rounds of one-over par after day one. Senior Ethan Tracy also had a tough start to his final year as he recorded a birdie and double bogey in his first three holes. The Hilliard, Ohio, native was three-over par over his opening 18 holes, but came back with a very solid round of even par over in the afternoon session to keep Arkansas in the team race. Tracy’s day included six birdies, seven bogeys, a double bogey and 22 pars. Sophomore William Meason completed the Razorbacks’ day and the first-year transfer had a rough first round before settling into the tournament after a year off from collegiate competition. A birdie, double bogey and six bogeys dotted his opening scorecard, but he played much better over the next 18 holes with two birdies and five bogeys for a second round of three-over par. The Razorbacks look to win their first tournament of the 2011-12 season on Monday as they take the course at 9:40 a.m. with players from team leader Notre Dame and Charlotte.



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