BURLINGTON, IOWA — The University of Arkansas men’s golf team made it two wins in two tournaments on Tuesday afternoon when they came from behind to defeat a loaded field at the
Golfweek Conference Challenge at Spirit Hollow Golf Club in Burlington, Iowa. Sophomore Sebastian Cappelen and freshman Kolton Crawford were each two-under par on the day to lead the Razorbacks to a five-under par final round and the team title. “I couldn’t be more proud of the way we played today,” Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. “We still have things to work on as a team to improve, but to be the only team to shoot under par today against this field really says something about the way our guys prepared for the tournament. Josh (Eure) had a fantastic tournament and was just one stroke off the individual title and Kolton was two bad strokes from having an unbelievable final day.” The Razorbacks shot a final day score of 285, three-under par, on the par 72 Spirit Hollow course. Tulsa carded the second best round of the day at four-over par. Four strokes off the lead heading into Tuesday’s action, Arkansas made up ground on both Chattanooga and Oklahoma State early and held the team lead by the time it made the turn. The Cowboys were seven-over par on Tuesday to finish three over for the tournament and in third, while Chattanooga was eight-over par on the day and two over for 54 holes and finished second. New Mexico (+11) and California (+14) rounded out the top five teams. While he only shot even par on Tuesday, Eure clearly had the best tournament of Razorbacks and arguably of his Arkansas career. His second-place finish is a career best and just the fourth top 10 of his 18-tournament career. His three-round score of 210, six-under par, was four strokes better than he had previously recorded and his second round 68 was also a career best. Eure’s final round was relatively mistake free as he sank two birdies and two bogeys along with 14 pars. For the tournament, Eure had 12 birdies to just six bogeys and did not record anything worse than one-over on any hole. Cappelen bounced back from a double bogey on his third hole of the day to finish at two-under par thanks to back-to-back birdies on his final two holes. One-under through two holes, Cappelen posted his double on the par four, fifth hole. He then sank 11 straight par putts before a birdie on 17 broke the streak. The Odense, Denmark, native the birdied holes one and two to arrive at his final score. Crawford had perhaps the most up-and-down round of the day as he finished with six birdies and two double bogeys for his final round, 70, and tie for sixth individually. Easily the best tournament of his young career, Crawford started hot on Tuesday with three birdies over his first four holes. Three-under par through nine holes played, Crawford double bogeyed the par four, 11th, but responded with back-to-back birdies to move back to three-under par. A double bogey on 15 however placed him back to one-under par where he would remain until he sank a birdie on his final hole. The top 10 finish for Crawford is the first of his career. Completing the Razorback victory on Tuesday was senior Ethan Tracy who came back from a tough first two rounds to record a final day, 73, one-over par. Remarkably consistent, Tracy sank par putt-after-par putt with just a single bogey on his second hole. Over the course of the 54-hole tournament, Tracy led the Razorbacks with 41 pars. Junior Austin Cook was the high scorer for the Razorbacks on Tuesday with a final round of 76, four-over par. The Jonesboro, Ark., native carded four bogeys and 14 pars over his final round and just couldn’t get several birdie tries to fall into the hole. The Razorback win marks the first time that Arkansas has opened the season with back-to-back team titles in school history. The Hogs had opened the year with a win four times since 1979, but their opening tournament victory was never duplicated. The closest that Arkansas had come to accomplishing the task was in 1991-92 when a victory at the Colorado-Fox Acres Invitational was followed by a second-place finish at the Ping/Golfweek Preview. Arkansas returns to the links on Monday, Oct. 10, when it travels to The Jack Nicklaus in Columbus, Ohio.