AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 15 University of Arkansas men’s golf team completed competition at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday afternoon with a third-place finish, its eighth top three finish in 10 tournaments this season.
The Razorbacks posted the fourth best score of the day at the University of Texas Golf Club with a 12-over par round of 296 to finish with a team score of 900, 48-over for the tournament. No. 13 Texas, the host, won the event with a team score of 892, 40-over par. No. 19 Texas Tech was one of two teams to shoot even par in the tournament on the final round to take second at 42-over par. TCU and Kent State rounded out the top five of the 14-team field with scores of 52- and 53-over par, respectively.
"I thought that we had a chance heading into the final round," Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. "Course conditions today were difficult, but not impossible. If we had come out and played a little better in our opening round we could have challenged for the team title. Once again Sebastian (Cappelen) had a great tournament and was under par today. Ethan (Tracy) and Jamie (Marshall) also played outstanding to finish in the top 12 overall. I am pleased with where we are as we head into the SEC Championships."
Cappelen posted Arkansas’ only sub-par round of the tournament on Tuesday as he closed with three birdies over his final eight holes to score a two-under par round. Cappelen birdied both par 5’s on the back nine to finish the tournament tied for fifth overall at seven-over par. The finish is the fourth straight top 5 for the Odense, Denmark, native and his sixth top 10 in 10 tournaments on the year. Cappelen’s finish brings his overall individual record to 641-104-18 (.852) on the year, a record that leads the Razorbacks.
Tracy recorded Arkansas’ only eagle of the day and just one of three by any golfer on the course on Tuesday when he was credited with a three on the par 5 11th. The hole allowed Tracy to score even par on the back nine which coupled with his one-over on the front moved him up two spots on the individual rankings and into a tie for 12th with his Arkansas teammate Marshall.
Marshall’s day at the links had him at even par through four holes after a bogey and birdie on two and four, respectively, but a pair of bogeys on five and eight had him at two-over par at the turn. Marshall did rattle off seven straight holes of par between nine and 15 before he closed with three straight bogeys and at five-over for the day. Marshall’s finish in the individual standings was his second best of the spring.
Jonesboro, Ark., native Austin Cook completed the Razorbacks’ team score on Tuesday with a round of eight-over par. A birdie, seven bogeys and a double bogey were credited to his scorecard as Cook finished the tournament tied for 35th with a 232, 19-over par.
Sophomore Josh Eure, playing as an individual, had his best round of the tournament on Tuesday as he carded a two-over par score, 73. Eure posted a birdie and two bogeys on each side of the course to move up eight spots in the individual rankings to a tie for 21st overall. Eure’s ability to play long off the tees helped throughout the tournament as he was four-under par on the nine longest holes of the course over the three-round affair.
Freshman Will Pearson wrapped up Arkansas’ effort on the course Tuesday with a score of nine-over par. A great start with a birdie on the first hole, Pearson’s round faltered between the third and sixth holes where he went from one-under par to four-over. A birdie and six bogeys on the back nine gave him his final score at 74th overall.
The Razorbacks are back on the links April 15-17 when they travel to St. Simons Island, Ga., to play at the Southeastern Conference Championships.