Arkansas Golf 14th After First Round


ATLANTA, Ga. – Behind a pair of even par performances from junior Sebastian Cappelen and freshman Nicolas Echavarria, the No. 9 Arkansas men’s golf team finished day one of the 2013 NCAA Championships in a tie for 14th at the Capital City Club in Atlanta, Ga., on Tuesday.

Arkansas combined to shoot six-over par as a team on the Crabapple course and sit just seven strokes behind eighth place which would put the Razorbacks into the match play portion of the event and a chance to compete for the national championship.

Behind a near record-setting day by Jon Rahm (-9), Arizona State leads the team standings after 18 holes at 10-under par. No. 7 and host Georgia Tech fired six-under par as a team with No. 2 Alabama in third at five-under par. Illinois, who won the NCAA Fayetteville Regional, is fourth at four-under with No. 1 California in fifth at three-under par.

“We had a good day, but gave up some strokes over the last few holes or else it could have been a great day,” Arkansas coach Brad McMakin said. “The good thing is that we are still in it as a team and have a chance to advance. We play in the early flight tomorrow so the winds should be less of a factor and I’m looking for us to be under par.”