Arkansas in striking distance
NEWPORT COAST, Calif. – Senior Jamie Marshall led the University of Arkansas men’s golf team on day two of the Battle at the Beach in Newport Coast, Calif., on Monday, shooting a one-under par 70. The Razorbacks dropped from second place after day one to fourth at the conclusion of 36 holes.
It was a tough day for many of the teams on the Pelican Hill Golf Club’s Ocean North Course as just four of the 14 teams shot at or under par on Monday. The Razorbacks were six over par as a team to fall back to even par for the tournament, but are just seven strokes off the pace of Oregon State who shot even on the day to remain at seven under. Washington (-6) and UCLA (-3) rank second and third in the team standings with Texas Arlington (+5) five back of Arkansas for fifth place.
Marshall’s day was relatively even as he opened with a birdie, but gave the stroke back on the par four fourth. Even through the opening nine holes, Marshall bogeyed the 10th but came back with birdies on both par three holes on the back side to finish at -1 for the day. Marshall’s two-day score of 140 places him tied for 10th overall.
Senior David Lingmerth is also at one-under for the tournament as he shot even par on Monday. Lingmerth posted a birdie and two bogeys on the front nine, but birdied the par four 14th on the back nine to shoot 71 on the 6.945-yard course.
Ethan Tracy, who was Arkansas’ individual leader after day one with a four under par score of 67, did not have his best game on Monday as he was three over on the day. Tracy got off to a tough start with a double bogey on the par four third, and then double bogeyed the ninth to sit at four over though nine holes. Tracy would rebound and play one under through the back nine to finish at three over.
Marshall, Lingmerth and Tracy sit seven strokes behind Chris Williams of Washington for the individual lead. Williams opened the tournament with a two-under 69, but blistered the course on Monday, shooting six under, 65, to take the lead.
Rounding out the Razorback players are Austin (+1) who was two over for the day, Dalton Owens (+2) who was also two over for the second round and Josh Eure (+11) who played much better on his second day on the course with a three-over performance.
The Battle at the Beach continues on Tuesday with the final 18 holes of the 54-hole tournament. For more information regarding Razorback men’s golf or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.