COLUMBIA, Mo. — The fourth-seeded Arkansas men’s golf team used a strong finish to its first round at the NCAA Columbia Regional to shoot a team score of one-over 289 to sit in a tie for fourth place at The Club at Old Hawthorne on Thursday.
Keyed by back-to-back birdies by sophomore Taylor Moore – who shot a team-low one-under 71 – to finish the round and two other birdies on the par 5 9th hole, the Razorbacks were able to make a late charge into the coveted top five. The top five teams following the 54-hole regional will advance to the NCAA Championships in Hutchinson, Kan. next weekend.
The Razorbacks opened the round on the par 5 10th and closed on the par 5 9th, playing the two holes a combined three-under with five of their 12 birdies on the day. All five players birdied at least one of the two holes.
“I’m pleased with how we played today,” Arkansas coach Brad McMaking said. “I thought we were sharp from tee to green, but we gave up some shots on the green.”
Moore carried the confidence from an eighth place showing at the 2013 NCAA Regionals into Thursday’s first round. After two bogeys to start to his round, Moore played the next 12 holes bogey-free with a pair of birdies on the par 4 13th and par 4 17th. The under-par round is Moore’s ninth of the year and sixth of the spring.
Top-seeded Oklahoma State fired the low-round of the day with a 16-under 272 to take a nine-stroke lead into Friday. Host and eighth-seeded Missouri occupies second place after a seven-under 281, while second-seeded Virginia is just four strokes clear of the Razorbacks in third.
Arkansas will go off the first tee for Friday’s second round from 8:20-9:00 a.m. on the par 72, 7141-yard course. The Razorbacks will be paired with Arizona State for the second straight day and fellow SEC member LSU.
T10. Taylor Moore – 71 (-1)
T12. Kolton Crawford – 72 (E)
T22. Sebastian Cappelen – 73
T22. Nicolas Echavarria – 73
T52. Zach Coats - 77