Arkansas, OSU men moving on
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas men’s golf team did what it set out to do as it advanced to the NCAA Championships with a second-place finish at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional at Blessings Golf Club on Saturday.
The Razorbacks entered the final round with a one stroke lead over Illinois and after falling behind by as many as seven strokes, put together a big finish to pull within one as players began making their way up the 18th fairway. Illinois would ultimately prevail with a team score of one-under par for the 54-hole tournament while the Razorbacks shot two-over par. Texas finished a distant third at 16-over par with Oklahoma State (+18) and No. 28 Kent State (+28) also making the NCAA Championships field with top five team finishes.
Tulsa posted a final round 313 (+25) to finish in seventh.
Individually for Arkansas, Austin Cook finished in a tie for second with a three-round total of 214 (-2). Taylor Moore came in tied for eighth (218, +2), with Sebastian Cappelen (220 +4), Nicolas Echavarria (220, +4) and Thomas Sorensen (225, +9) rounding out the scoring for the Razorbacks.
“We advanced to the NCAA Championship and that is the most important thing from this week,” Arkansas coach Brad McMakin said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the way that this team played. Over the three days we never counted a score above 74 which is nearly impossible to do on this course. Illinois deserved to win the team title because they also had a great tournament and made big shots down the stretch.”
Oklahoma State was led by Kevin Dougherty whose three-day total of 216 (E) tied him for fifth. Jordan Niebrugge totaled 219 (+3) while Ian Davis (220, +4), Talor Gooch (227, +11) and Patrick Winther (244, +28) completed the Cowboys’ scores.
Tulsa’s top golfer was Mark Mumford who came in 20th at 223 (+7). Chris Worrell ended his tournament with a score of 228 (+12) while Colton Staggs (231, +15), Matt Mabrey (233, +17) and Lodan McCracken (236, +20) completed the Golden Hurricane’s scorecards.