Razorbacks In Contention At NCAA Championship

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Eugene, Ore. – The 21st-ranked Arkansas men’s golf team continued to stay in contention Saturday at the NCAA Championship, posting a 4-over 284 to sit alone in third place in the 30-team field at Eugene Country Club.

The Razorbacks (+6) are in the thick of the race at the top of the leaderboard, trailing championship leader Vanderbilt (+3) by three shots and second place Southern California (+5) by one stroke. The Southeastern Conference is well represented with four teams in the top six heading to the third round.

For the second straight day, Arkansas was paced by a 2-under 68, this time coming from freshman Charles Kim as he posted a team-high four birdies, including a birdie on his final hole of the day to lead the squad at 73-68 – 141 (+1).

Taylor Moore’s consistency was on display again Saturday, as he carried over a bogey free streak from Friday and went 26 holes without making a bogey. He was 2-under on the day through the first 13 holes, but shot 2-over the rest of the way finish at even-par for the day and the championship at 70-70 – 140 (E). The Edmund, Oklahoma native is only player in the field without a bogey on the back nine through the first two rounds and is T-15th overall.

Kolton Crawford was 5-over for the round walking up the fairway on the 17th hole, but he rolled in a 4-footer for birdie and followed that up with a birdie on the final hole to finish at 3-over for the day and at 68-73 – 141 (+1) for the championship.

Alvaro Ortiz had a roller coaster day, as he recorded consecutive pars just one time and his four birdies, five bogeys and one double bogey left him at 3-over for the day and at 72-73 – 145 (+5).

Nicolas Echavarria fell behind early with four bogeys on his opening side, but he followed that up with eight straight pars on his back side, before a bogey on the final hole of the day sent him to 72-75 – 147 (+7) for the tournament.

Arkansas will be in the final pairing Sunday morning, going off the first tee at 10:28 a.m. CT with No. 8 Vanderbilt and No. 3 USC.

@RazorbackMGolf Lineup (Round Two)

PlacePlayerScore
T15.Taylor Moore70-70 – 140 (E)
T24.Charles Kim73-68 – 141 (+1)
T24.Kolton Crawford68-73 – 141 (+1)
T64.Alvaro Ortiz72-73 – 145 (+5)
T93.Nicolas Echavarria72-75 – 147 (+7)

NCAA Championship Round Two Results

PlaceTeamScore
1.No. 8 Vanderbilt283-280 – 563 (+3)
2.No. 3 USC283-282 – 565 (+5)
3.No. 21 Arkansas282-284 – 566 (+6)
T4.No. 20 Oregon291-277 – 568 (+8)
T4.No. 12 LSU286-282 – 568 (+8)
6.No. 17 Alabama290-279 – 569 (+9)
T7.No. 2 Texas289-281 – 570 (+10)
T7.No. 4 Illinois290-280 – 570 (+10)
T9.No. 7 Arizona State290-281 – 571 (+11)
T9.No. 11 California287-284 – 571 (+11)
11.No. 19 South Carolina287-285 – 572 (+12)
T12.No. 50 Louisville291-282 – 573 (+13)
T12.No. 16 Florida286-287 – 573 (+13)
T14.No. 5 Oklahoma State285-289 – 574 (+14)
T15.No. 28 Kentucky289-286 – 575 (+15)
T15.No. 9 Auburn294-281 – 575 (+15)
T15.No. 6 Georgia291-284 – 575 (+15)
T15.No. 10 Clemson291-284 – 575 (+15)
T15.No. 22 San Diego State283-292 – 575 (+15)
T20.No. 14 Wake Forest289-289 – 578 (+18)
T20.No. 18 Oklahoma290-288 – 578 (+18)
22.No. 13 Florida State285-294 – 579 (+19)
23.No. 44 TCU282-299 – 581 (+21)
24.No. 35 Houston296-287 – 583 (+23)
25.No. 15 South Florida291-294 – 585 (+25)
T26.No. 1 Stanford292-294 – 586 (+26)
T26.No. 23 Virginia292-294 – 586 (+26)
28.No. 26 Baylor293-296 – 589 (+29)
29.No. 33 UAB294-305 – 599 (+39)
30.No. 32 Purdue299-305 – 604 (+44)

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