HUTCHINSON, Kan. (Univ. of Ark.) – Despite taking the course at Prairie Dunes Country Club for the second time in less than eight hours, the Arkansas men's golf team carded eight birdies over its first eight holes of final round in blustery conditions at the NCAA Championships before lightning in the area halted play at 6:44 p.m.
Starting the final round in sole possession of 24th place at 18-over par, the Razorbacks now stand at 12-over and in 19th place thanks to their current four counting scores being a combined six-under through eight holes. Arkansas will resume its final round on Monday morning when play starts at 7:30 a.m.
The Razorbacks took the course at 7 a.m. this morning to finish up the end of their second round which was part of Saturday's near two-round day. Arkansas carded a second round 286, a six-stroke improvement from the first round, counting no scores above two-over 72.
Cappelen's morning started with birdies on his first two holes played before he wrapped up with a second round one-over 71 that followed up a two-under 68 in the opening 18 holes. Through his first seven holes in the final round, Cappelen is two-under to move into a tie for seventh overall at three-under for the tournament. A three-time All-American, Cappelen will take a 12-hole bogey-free streak with four birdies into Monday.
Thanks to birdies in six of his last 13 holes played, redshirt sophomore Kolton Crawford has shot up the leaderboard into a tie for 62nd position. Crawford has turned in counting scores of 74 and 71 through the first two rounds, picking up a team-high seven birdies along the way. He's continued his hot play through eight holes in the final round and stands at two-under.
Sophomores Taylor Moore and Nicolas Echavarria make it four Razorbacks who will enter tomorrow's restart in the red, as both are currently one-under through eight holes. The duo put together identical rounds of 75 and 72 in the first two rounds and are currently part of a tie for 92nd place. Senior Blake Biddle will start up his final round on the ninth hole and is one-over through eight holes with a birdie on the 16th.
Earlier in the day prior to Arkansas starting its final round, the NCAA announced that the fourth round to determine the individual national champion was cancelled and that the champion will be crowned following the 54 holes of stroke play. Added this year, the fourth round of competition would have involved the top 40 individuals after three rounds of stroke play.
Arkansas is part of a wave of 15 teams that entered the final round in spots 16-30 in the standings. All of those teams will return to the course at 7:30 a.m. on Monday to complete their final round while the second wave of 15 teams will start taking the course at 12:10 p.m. The top eight teams after the final round will advance to match play, which will begin on Tuesday.
Live scoring of the event is available through www.GolfStat.com or by visiting www.ArkansasRazorbacks.com. In-round updates, photos and more can be found by following @RazorbackMGolf on Twitter.
T7. Sebastian Cappelen – 68-71-26 (thru 7)
T62. Kolton Crawford – 74-71-30 (thru 8)
T92. Taylor Moore – 75-72-31 (thru 8)
T92. Nicolas Echavarria – 75-71-30 (thru 8)
T144. Blake Biddle – 76-79-32 (thru 8)