Razorback Golf team wins Gopher Invitational
9/13/2011 9:59 AM
WAYZATA, Minn. – Senior Ethan Tracy fired a final round 71 to lead the University of Arkansas men’s golf team to an opening event victory at the Gopher Invitational in Wayzata, Minn., on Monday afternoon. The Razorbacks overcame a four-stroke deficit over the final 18 holes to win by three strokes over North Texas and the 14-team field.
Course conditions on Monday were tougher than the field had seen on Sunday, forcing most of the scores to rise. The Razorbacks were able to deal with the 14-mile per hour winds and shoot a team score of 299, 11-over par. Notre Dame entered the day as the team leader and carded 19 over on Monday to drop to third behind North Texas who recorded the best round of the day at five-over par.
“It was tough out there today, but I am really proud of the way that they guys hung in there and picked up the win,” Razorback head coach Brad McMakin said. “Ethan had a tremendous day with his 71 and shot one of the lowest rounds of anyone here. This is a great way to start the season.”
Tracy’s final round of 71 was the fourth lowest of anyone in the 75-man field at the Spring Hill Golf Club. His two-over par for the tournament was good for fifth position individually, Tracy’s seventh top five finish of his Razorback career. The Hilliard, Ohio, native opened Monday’s round with a birdie and was quickly three-under par by the sixth hole. A bogey and double bogey on seven and nine moved him back to even par at the turn, but he rallied with three more birdies over holes 11 and 16 before back-to-back bogeys ended his day.
Junior Austin Cook and sophomore Sebastian Cappelen each tied for sixth individually with Cook carding a final round 74 and Cappelen scoring 76. Cook also began his final round with a birdie on the first hole and was two-under par after a birdie on six, but the ninth hole was a stumbling block for four of Arkansas’ players and a double bogey moved him back to even par. Cook remained at even through 11 before bogeys on three of his next four holes moved him to three over. A birdie on 18 concluded his day at two-over par.
Like his teammates, Cappelen was also even par through nine holes with a single birdie and bogey on his scorecard. As conditions got tougher, he scored four-over par on the final nine holes for his 76.
Sophomore William Meason’s final round of 78 allowed his score to count to Arkansas’ team total for the first time in his career. Meason opened competition with a birdie and was just one-over par at the turn. He closed with a birdie, four bogeys and a double bogey to clinch the victory for the Razorbacks.
Freshman Kolton Crawford completed the Razorback contingent on Monday and after back-to-back rounds of 73, the Mansfield, Texas, native carded a final round 82. Even par through eight holes, Crawford struggled as conditions became tougher, but did record the first eagle by a Razorback this season when he notched a three on the par five, 16th.
The Razorbacks are back in action on Sept. 24, when they travel to Burlington, Iowa to participate in the Golfweek Conference Challenge. For more information regarding Razorback men’s golf or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
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