Austin, TX (UofA) - Senior Jamie Marshall was one of five players to break par on the final round of the Morris Williams Intercollegiate, shooting a one-under par 70 to pace the University of Arkansas men's golf team to a fifth-place team finish.
Arkansas began the day in sixth place in the team standings, but improved its score with a tournament best 293 on the final day to finish at 886, 34-over par and just eight strokes off Georgia, who won the event at 26-over-par, 878. The host Texas, who came into the day with the lead, finished second at 27-over-par followed by Texas A&M, 31-over-par, and Texas Tech, 32-over-par.
"I thought that we played really well," Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. "We finished eight strokes back, but were 15 ahead of Oklahoma State and they are No. 1 in the country. The wind was really blowing hard the last two days and that made it really tough to play. I am happy with the result and hopefully this will give us some confidence going into the SEC Championships in a couple of weeks. We have had three good tournaments in a row and if we play like this at the SEC Championships we'll have a chance."
Marshall's day started well as he birdied his opening hole, but a pair of bogeys on four and six placed him at one over before he went back to even par with a birdie on seven. Marshall's back nine saw him birdie both par five holes, but bogeys on the next holes kept him at par until 16th where he shot a two on the par three hole. Marshall moved from a tie for 32nd at the start of the day to a tie for eighth with his three-round score of 220, seven-over-par and eight strokes behind the tournament champion, Harris English of Georgia.
Fellow senior David Lingmerth produced a consistent tournament for the Razorbacks as his final round, 73, allowed him to also finish with a total score of 220, seven-over-par and tied for eighth. Lingmerth opened the competition with a 73, shot 74 in the second round and used two birdies and four bogeys to finish two over for the final round. Lingmerth had a tough start with three bogeys in his first five holes, but settled in to hit 11 pars over his next 12 holes and finished the round with a birdie on the par four 18th. Lingmerth's top 10 finish is his ninth in 11 tournaments this season.