COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Arkansas men’s golf team set the program’s NCAA Regional record with an 18-under par 270 to make up 17 strokes and move into a tie for the lead after two rounds at the NCAA Columbia Regional.
The Razorbacks started the day in a tie for fourth place and 17 strokes behind top-seeded Oklahoma State, but were able to make up the deficit thanks to a trio of five-under 67s by senior Sebastian Cappelen, sophomore Nicolas Echavarria and sophomore Taylor Moore. Redshirt sophomore Kolton Crawford completed the record-setting round with a three-under 69, marking the second time this year all four Razorbacks have finished under-par.
“We knew after Wednesday’s practice round that we would need to go low to advance out of this region,” Arkansas coach Brad McMakin said. “Today we focused on carrying over the momentum from the end of Thursday’s round into the morning stretch and we did that. The front nine is tough to score on and we set the tone for the day by playing nine-under on the front. I’m really proud of the guys. Saturday’s final round should be a lot of fun.”
Arkansas’ 270 followed up a one-over 289 in Thursday’s first round, moving it into a tie with top-seeded Oklahoma State (272-287) at 17-under 559 for the tournament. Host and eighth-seeded Missouri (561) is just two strokes back in third, while third-seeded LSU (575) and fifth-seeded Arizona State (576) are both inside the coveted top five. The top five teams advance to the NCAA Championships next weekend in Hutchinson, Kan.
Seeking its first-ever NCAA Regional title and fourth NCAA Championship appearance in the last six years, Arkansas will return to The Club at Old Hawthorne starting at 8:40 a.m. for Saturday’s final round. The Razorbacks will go off the first tee from 8:40-9:20 a.m., with Oklahoma State and host Missouri.
T2. Taylor Moore – 71-67/138 (-6)
T7. Sebastian Cappelen – 73-67/140 (-4)
T7. Nicolas Echavarria – 73-67/140 (-4)
12. Kolton Crawford – 72-69/141 (-3)
T44. Zach Coats – 77-73/150 (+6)