ARKANSAS MEN’S GOLF 2012-13 Arkansas Notes Five Returnees The Razorback men’s golf team returns five of the six members of its team who saw significant action in 2011-12. Seniors Austin Cook and Josh Eure are joined by junior Sebastian Cappelen and sophomores Kolton Crawford and Thomas Sorensen. The five players were a large piece of the Arkansas puzzle that led to a top 10 ranking for most of the 2011-12 season. Big Loss While the Razorbacks return five of six, the one loss was huge in Ethan Tracy. A 2012 honorable mention All-American and the 2012 Western Amateur champion, Tracy led the Razorbacks in stroke average last season and posted the fifth best single-season stroke average in school history as a senior. He finished among the top five individuals in six tournaments in 2011-12 and ended his four-year career tied for third on Arkansas’ all-time list of top 10 finishes with 20. Three Newcomers Arkansas added three players to the 2012-13 roster, players that should be able to help the Razorbacks this year and beyond. Taylor Moore and Nicholas Echavarria are two of the top six junior players in the nation while Zach Coats is a raw talent. Fighting for Five One of the best things about Arkansas in 2012-13 is the fact that there will be lots of competition as players fight for one of the five tournament spots each week. The Razorbacks got a taste of it in 2011-12 and used it to win a school record seven tournaments, so with several players working out for five spots, it should make for some tremendous lineups once the year begins.
School Record The Razorbacks are coming off a season where they won a school record seven tournaments. Four of the seven were in the fall with three more coming after the winter break. It began with the opening tournament, the Gopher Invitational and continued with the Golfweek Conference Challenge, Windon Memorial Classic and Cabo Collegiate. In the spring, Arkansas added the John Hayt Invitational, Callaway Collegiate Match Play and Woodlands All-American Classic. The Razorbacks broke the school record of five tournament victories which it set during both the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons. Most in a Two-Year Span Arkansas’ seven tournament wins last season gave the Razorbacks 11 over the past two seasons which is a record for any Arkansas team over a two-year span. The previous best was 10 set between the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons when Bill Woodley was the skipper of the program. Arkansas’ 11 wins over the past two seasons has already matched the three-year record for an Arkansas team (11) which came between the 1992 and 1994 seasons. Schedule The Razorbacks’ 2012-13 schedule should present some serious challenges to Arkansas as it prepares for a post-season run. Five of Arkansas’ 10 regular season tournaments are new for this season and the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M to the Southeastern Conference Championship adds a new dimension to that event as well. The year begins with the Gopher Invitational, a familiar tournament and continues with two new events, the Golfweek/Ping Preview and OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational. The fall semester closes with the Jack Nicklaus Invitational and Isleworth Collegiate Invite. The 2013 spring semester starts in early February with the Gator Invitational and continues with the John Hayt Invite and General Hackler Championship. The regular season closes with the Natonal Invitational Tournament and Aggie Invitational. The SEC Championships, NCAA Fayetteville Regional and NCAA Championship close the year.
2012-13 Arkansas Men’s Golf
Hosting a Regional For the first time in school history, Arkansas hosts a major collegiate men’s golf tournament when the NCAA Fayetteville Regional opens, May 16-18 at Blessings. The event will draw roughly 14 of the nation’s best squads to compete for an opportunity to play at the NCAA Championship. World Amateur Rankings The World Amateur Golf Ranking is a system that ranks the top male amateur golfers on the basis of their average performance. The Razorbacks are featured prominently on the list with six players in the top 125. Sebastian Cappelen leads the way at 45th and is followed by Taylor Moore, 74th; Austin Cook, 109th; Kolton Crawford, 119th; Nicholas Echavarria, 120th; Thomas Sorensen, 121st; and Josh Eure, 312th. Summer Recap It was a successful summer for the men’s golf team as several players finished in the top five or 10 of prestigious amateur events. Sebastian Cappelen played in his second Palmer Cup, going 1-1-2 in his four matches, helping the Europeans win the cup. Austin Cook finished third at the Trans-Mississippi Championship and tied for 15th at the Southern Amateur. Thomas Sorensen finished third at the European Amateur and tied for third at the Danish International Amateur. Newcomer Nicolas Echavarria was a semifinalist at the US Junior Amateur while Taylor Moore finished fifth at the Rolex Tournament of Champions. Josh Eure won the Maryland Amateur and had three other top 30 finishes while Kolton Crawford took 12th at the Texas Amateur and tied for 13th at the Trans-Miss. Joe Doramus tied for third at the Arkansas Stroke Play Championship.