FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas junior men’s golfer Ethan Tracy finished tied for second at The Players Amateur in Hilton Head, South Carolina, over the weekend with a four-day score of 281 and is one of several Razorbacks to play well in various tournaments over the summer.
Tracy’s second-place finish in the highly regarded and tough Players Amateur highlights a summer season that has witnessed several Razorbacks elevating their games since the season ended. Sophomore Austin Cook won the Arkansas State Golf Association’s stroke play championship in mid June, redshirt freshman Joe Doramus tied for second at the same ASGA stroke play championship, sophomore Josh Eure finished tied for ninth at the Eastern Amateur last weekend and sophomore Christoffer Arvidsson finished second at a Skandia tournament in his native Sweden.
"I am really proud of the way our guys have stepped up their game over the summer," Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. "They were not very happy with the way that we ended last season and have used that as motivation to improve. I am especially pleased to see what Ethan has done. To finish second at the Players Amateur is a huge honor for him. I have never had a player place that well at the tournament and that is a big step for him and his career."
Tracy’s tournament did not begin well as he bogeyed three of the first six holes on way to a first-day score of two-over par, 74. He rallied on day two with a three-under par, 69, with five birdies and two bogeys to make the cut. Tracy’s third round of action was where the Hilliard, Ohio, native made the most noise as he fired a five-under par, 67, with seven birdies and a double bogey. The 67 was the second lowest round by any golfer in the tournament behind eventual champion Kevin Tway’s final round 65 which cemented the championship for the Oklahoma State player. Tracy finished the competition with a third consecutive sub-par score of 71 over the final 18 holes for his 281, matching the mark of James White (Georgia Tech).
Cook’s ASGA championship came at Greystone Country Club’s Cypress Course in Cabot, Ark. Cook won the competition by five strokes at 12-under par over three days including a final round of two under. The Jonesboro, Ark., native opened the competition at four-under par to lead from wire-to-wire and claim his first Arkansas golf major championship. Doramus also played very well representing the Razorbacks, shooting a three-round score of seven-under par.
Over in Portsmouth, Va., Eure posted three straight rounds in the 60s before a tough final day led him to his tie for ninth at the 54th Eastern Amateur at the Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club. Eure opened competition at two-under par and shot a five under, 65, on day two. A third round score of 67 had the Crofton, Md., native challenging for the overall title, but a final round, 74, dropped him to his final spot in the standings, nine strokes off the pace of Dominic Bozzelli (Auburn).
Rounding out the current Razorbacks’ summer participation, Arvidsson placed second in a field of 141 players in a recent tour event in Sweden. The Falkenberg, Sweden, native opened with a tour leading 69 on the first day, then shot 72 during the second round for his final placing.
The Razorbacks continue to compete throughout the summer with Cook and senior Jamie Marshall competing at the 107th Tans-Miss Championship, July 13-15 at the Denver Country Club in Denver, Colo. Also playing this week are Doramus and 2010-11 Razorback-to-be Will Pearson at the 104th Southern Amateur at Shoal Creek Golf Course in Birmingham, Ala., July 14-17.