ATLANTA, Ga. – Freshman Taylor Moore
shot two-under par, 68, on the first day of the PING/Golfweek Preview on Sunday to tie for second individually after 18 holes and pace the No. 7 University of Arkansas men’s golf team into a tie for sixth in the team standings.
The event, which includes eight of the top nine teams in the nation according to Golfweek’s preseason rankings, is led by No. 15 UNLV who fired one-over par as a team on Sunday. No. 5 UCLA was two-over par to place second while No. 18 New Mexico, No. 4 Georgia Tech and San Diego State are tied for third at seven-over par. Arkansas’ team total of eight-over is on par with No. 17 Georgia for sixth and ahead of No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 California and No. 3 Texas.
Moore had a solid round that was relatively mistake free as he posted his second collegiate round under par and first in the 60s. Starting on No. 1, Moore began the competition with 10 straight par putts before he sank a birdie on No. 11. A second birdie on No. 12 had the Edmond, Okla., native at two-under par where he would remain until a bogey on No. 14. Moore came back a few holes later with a birdie on No. 17 to get back to two-under par and finished the round with par on No. 18. His round of 68 is his collegiate best and the second straight round in which the first-year player has posted Arkansas’ low score. Moore is tied with two players at two-under par and one stroke off the individual lead of San Diego State’s Tom Berry (-3).
Senior Austin Cook
rebounded from a tough season opener to shoot a solid round of one-over par on Sunday. Opening with a birdie, Cook moved to two-under par after a second birdie on No. 4, but back-to-back bogeys closed out the front nine, leaving him at even par at the turn. Cook would again move under par with a birdie on No. 12 and closed out the round with three bogeys and a birdie for his best round of the season, one-over par, 71.
It was a difficult front nine for sophomore Thomas Sorensen
, but the Dane was able to hold his position on the back side of the course to shoot a four-over par, 74. One-over par through five holes, back-to-back-to-back bogeys on holes No. 6 through No. 8 had Sorensen in danger of a big score. A fifth bogey on No. 10 was followed by birdies on two of the next three holes and Sorensen closed the round with a bogey on No. 18 for his final tally.
Freshman Nicolas Echavarria
posted Arkansas’ fourth score of the day when he shot five-over par, 75. The first-year player was three-over par through nine holes and closed the round with three bogeys and a birdie. The score for Echavarria is a career best and the third time in four rounds that he has contributed to Arkansas’ team total.
Junior Sebastian Cappelen
had a tough day on the course Sunday. Despite shooting even par through 12 holes, a three-hole stretch where he shot a double-, triple-, bogey moved his score to six-over par and a final bogey on No. 18 completed his day at seven-over.
The Razorbacks continue play at the PING/Golfweek Preview at the Capital City Club on Monday morning. Arkansas is paired with players from Washington and California and is scheduled to tee off beginning at 9 a.m. from the first tee.