DALLAS, Texas – Junior Ethan Tracy shot five-under par for the University of Arkansas men’s golf team on Monday at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate to pace the Razorbacks to third place after two rounds of competition at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas, Texas.
Arkansas moved from a tie for fifth to third between the first and second rounds as it shaved six strokes off its team score over the second 18 holes of the day. As a team the Razorbacks are four-under par while Iowa and Texas A&M are running away from the field at 17- and 12-under par.
Tracy’s day began with a two-under par opening round and was backed up by a three-under par second which could have been even better had the Hilliard, Ohio, native not taken a double bogey on the par four 16th in his second round. Tracy carded five birdies and three bogeys to open the day and backed it up with seven birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey in the second. At five-under par, Tracy is five strokes behind the individual leader Vince India of Iowa and tied for seventh overall as he looks to post his fourth top 10 finish in as many tournaments.
Freshman Sebastian Cappelen finished his day at one-under par after rounds of even par in the morning and one-under par in the afternoon. Cappelen also could have had a better score had he not carded a double bogey in his opening round, but the Dane birdied his next hole following the gaffe and carded even par on his final nine holes of the round. In his second attempt on the course, Cappelen birdied his first two holes and seven overall to finish at one-under par for the round.
Returning to the top five, sophomore Austin Cook shot even par in both rounds on Monday to help Arkansas’ team score. Cook recovered from one bad hole in each of his rounds to get back to even par. In his second round, the Jonesboro, Ark., native recorded his first eagle of the 2010-11 season on the par five 18th and was three-under for the par five holes in his second round which countered a triple bogey he suffered on the par four third.
Senior Jamie Marshall did not count his opening round score into Arkansas’ team total, but responded by shaving six strokes off his first effort and shoot a one-under par second round. Marshall’s day began poorly with a pair of bogeys, but was better in his second round as he carded 13 holes of par and shot two-under par on the three par five holes in his second round. His one-under par second round was Marshall’s sixth sub par effort of the fall season.
Arkansas’ scoring five was rounded out by freshman Will Pearson who finished the delay with a score of eight-over par. Shooting better his first time on the course, Pearson’s three-over par opening round was one of the scores that Arkansas counted. Pearson recorded two birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey to get to three-over for his first 18 holes.
Competing as an individual, sophomore Josh Eure finished with identical rounds of one-over par to place himself in a tie for 29th in the individual standings. Two birdies and three bogeys were scattered across Eure’s scorecard in the opening round and his second round included an eagle, birdie, two bogeys and a double bogey. Eure’s eagle, like Cook’s, was his first of the 2010-11 season.
The Razorbacks are back on the course at 9:40 a.m. on Tuesday, starting from the first tee with Iowa and Texas A&M as they seek their fifth top four finish in four tournaments this fall.