Razorbacks Finish Day 1 Strong at Spring Season Opener

HUMACAO, Puerto Rico – John Driscoll III finished with a birdie and Matthis Lefevre closed with an eagle as the #8 Arkansas men’s golf program finished round one of the spring opener – the Palmas del Mar Collegiate – with a 7-under-par score of 281 to stand one stroke off the lead.

Kennesaw State leads the 16-team field with an opening-round 280 while UNC Greensboro and Michigan are four strokes behind the Razorbacks to stand in a tie for third. Arkansas led the field by playing the par 4’s at even and was second-best in the field by playing the par 5’s at -12.

Four Razorbacks are inside the top 15 after day one.

Driscoll, who started on the par-2, second hole, birdies four of his first seven holes. However, bogies on holes 9, 12 and 15 dropped the graduate senior to 1-under. He bounced back with a birdie on 16 and closed his round with a birdie on the par-4, first hole for a 3-under round of 69 to tie for sixth.

Lefevre, playing his first event in the Razorback lineup, closed with an eagle on the par-5, third hole. Prior to his eagle, the junior offset two bogeys with two birdies to finish with a 2-under round of 70 to tie for ninth.

Jacob Skov Olesen and John Daly II are tied for 14th, each carding a 1-under-par 71 in round one. Olesen birdied holes 16 and 17 to get to 1-under and Daly, who led the team with 14 pars, posted his 71 thanks, in part, to his eagle on the par-5, third hole.

Manuel Lozada, playing as an individual, is tied for 39th at +1 (72) and Christian Castillo is tied for 51st after an opening-round 74 (+2).

Round two of three in the Palmas del Mar Collegiate is set for Monday.

Palmas del Mar Collegiate
Feb. 11-13
Palmas del Mar Golf Club (Flamboyan Course) || Humacao, Puerto Rico
7,122 yards || Par 72

Results Thru Day 1:
 1 Kennesaw State 280 -8
 2 #8 Arkansas 281 -7
T3 #40 UNCG 285 -3
T3 Michigan 285 -3
T5 Rutgers 286 -2
T5 Drexel 286 -2
T7 Mercer 287 -1
T7 Wofford 287 -1
T9 Connecticut 288 E
T9 Temple 288 E
11 Virginia Tech 290 +2
T12 Elon 291 +3
T12 High Point 291 +3
14 Boston College 294 +6
15 Samford 304 +16
16 Bucknell 306 +18

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