DUBLIN, Ohio – The University of Arkansas men’s golf team battled on a weather delayed and tournament-shortened day one of the third annual Jack Nicklaus, tying for seventh after 18 holes at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.
The Razorbacks got four-over par scores from both junior Sebastian Cappelen
and freshman Nicolas Echavarria
to lead the way on a day where seven of the 11 participating teams posted scores of at least 20-over par. The Razorbacks ended at 23-over par as a team, matching Vanderbilt, No. 9 UNLV and Purdue. No. 23 Oklahoma State leads the way at seven-over par and is followed by Kentucky (+14) and Brigham Young (+14).
Frost on the course during the early morning hours delayed the opening tee times by more than two hours and forced tournament officials to cancel the second round which was scheduled for Monday afternoon. The cancellation shortens the tournament to 36 holes which will conclude on Tuesday.
Every Razorback had an issue with at least one hole on Monday, but Echavarria seemed to navigate the course as well as anyone when he shot two birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey. Two-over par through six holes, he sank a birdie on No. 7, but gave the stroke back plus one with his double on the par three, eighth. A bogey on nine placed him at four-over at the turn. His back nine was brilliant as he sank a single birdie and bogey to play even par through the nine holes.
Cappelen grinded out his four-over par with several turns as he carded three birdies, three bogeys and two doubles on way to his score. Three-over par at the turn, Cappelen also played the back side of the course better than the front, but his back nine included two birdies, a bogey and a double.
Senior Austin Cook
appeared to have a decent round going early at one-over par through five holes with a pair of bogeys, but the Jonesboro native would not sink a birdie the rest of the round and a deadly double bogey on No. 18 bumped his round from five- to seven-over par.
Playing in his second tournament of the year, junior Joe Doramus
once again put together a scoring round, his third in four attempts this year. Doramus struggled on the front nine with six bogeys, but improved his game as the day went on and played the back side at two-over par and closed the round at eight-over par.
Freshman Taylor Moore
finished Monday’s round at nine-over par and outside the scoring four. Even par through nine holes with two birdies and a double bogey, Moore was unable to capitalize on the back side of the course like some of his teammates.
The Razorbacks are scheduled to tee off at 8:30 a.m. eastern from the 10th tee with players from Central Florida and UNLV.