Athletic Media Relations /University of Arkansas
BRYAN, Tex. (Univ. of Ark.) - Led by freshman Taylor Moore, the No. 14 University of Arkansas men's golf team stands in sixth place at the 2013 Aggie Invitational in Bryan, Texas, after 36 holes of play on Saturday. Moore shot even par on the Traditions Course to tie for ninth individually and was one of just 11 players to shoot at or below par on Saturday.
As a team, the Razorbacks carded rounds of seven- and four-over par to finish the day's action at 11-over par and in sixth place. No. 2 Alabama led the way with back-to-back sub-par rounds and is 15-under par. No. 21 Kent State is second at three-under par with No. 4 Washington (+1), No. 23 and host Texas A&M (+3) and No. 5 UCLA (+7) rounding out the top five. Nine of the 12 teams competing at the event rank among the top 25 in the nation with four inside the top 10 entering the weekend.
Moore avoided big numbers on Saturday and finished the day with seven birdies, seven bogeys and 22 pars. Beginning both rounds on No. 10, Moore began the day with eight straight pars before back-to-back-to-back bogeys on No. 18, No. 1 and No. 2. He would get back to even par four holes later with three birdies in a row and finished the round with a bogey for a round of one-over par. The Edmond, Okla., native wasted no time in his second round as he sank three birdie putts over his first six holes and was three-under. Another bogey on No. 18 was followed by five straight pars and a birdie, but his three-under round took a hit as he closed with a pair of bogeys. Moore is in good position to post his second top 10 finish of the season and has an opportunity to notch his second consecutive tournament under par.
Senior Austin Cook finished Saturday's action with Arkansas' second best score at four-over par after rounds of one- and three-over par. Cook had a good start with six pars, but two bogeys over his next three holes put him at two-over at the turn. The Jonesboro, Ark., native did not allow the setback to affect his game as he sank two birdies and four pars over the next six holes and had it not been for a bogey on his last, could have finished at even par. Cook's second round began with nine straight pars, but closed with five bogeys and two birdies for a round of three-over par. Cook is currently tied for 25th overall.
Juniors Sebastian Cappelen and Joe Doramus shot identical scores of five-over par to tie for 32nd although each got to that point on very different paths. Cappelen finished Saturday with rounds of three- and two-over par while Doramus had to grind out a second round of even par after shooting five-over in the first.
Cappelen had things falling early as she shot one-under par through six holes and was one-under at the turn after a bogey-birdie combo on No. 16 and No. 17. His final nine holes of the first round were played at four-over par with four bogeys. Cappelen again got off to a good start in round two and was one-under par through five and made the turn at even par. He carded two bogeys over his final nine holes for his second-round score of two-over.
Doramus' first round was nearly the opposite of Cappelen's as he struggled on the opening nine holes with four bogeys, but finished the early 18 with just a single bogey and eight pars for a round of five-over par. The Little Rock, Ark., native opened his final 18 holes of the day much better with two birdies over his first four holes and made the turn at two-under par. Three birdies and a bogey later and Doramus was four-under with five to play before a pair of double bogeys pulled him all the way back to even par for the round.
Sophomore Thomas Sorensen, who had been playing some of the best golf on the Arkansas roster entering the tournament, began play with a round of two-over par, but ended the day's action at eight-over after a second round that included a birdie, five bogeys and a double bogey. Sorensen was over par early in his day, but came back and played even par for the final nine holes of the first round. A double bogey on his second hole of round two had Sorensen playing from behind and he faded down the stretch with three bogeys on his final three holes of the day.
Playing as an individual, freshman Nicolas Echavarria played a very good second round on way to a first day score of 14-over par. Echavarria's second round consisted of two birdies and five bogeys, but he was consistently good on the longest holes on the course, playing the eight par five's at one-under par.
The Razorbacks return to the course on Sunday morning at 7:48 a.m. with players from UCLA and Texas A&M. Arkansas changes things up for the final round as they tee off from No. 1 for the final 18 holes.