STILLWATER, Okla. (UofA) - Sophomore Austin Cook of the University of Arkansas men's golf team shot one-over par during the final round of the 2011 NCAA Championships on Thursday to finish in a tie for 10th overall at one-over par for the 54-hole tournament. As a team, the Razorbacks finished 15th, ending their season.
Cook's finish was the best by a Razorback individual since Andrew Dahl tied for 10th at the 2003 NCAA Championships with a score of seven-over par. His one-over par score is the lowest by an Arkansas player since four members of the 1994 team shot even or below par.
"I am really proud of what these guys did all week," Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. "I'm not sure that we could have played much better than we did and still had an opportunity to make the final eight as we made the turn today. This has been a great year and the future is bright as we only lose one player and have some very good recruits lined up. I wish that we could have made the final eight so Jamie (Marshall) could continue to play, but he has had a tremendous career and will be a very good pro."
Cook's day began with par, but the Jonesboro, Ark., native quickly moved under par on the third hole and he was two-under by the fifth hole. Cook gave one back on 17 with a bogey, but made the turn at one-under par. A birdie to begin the back side of the course was cancelled out by a bogey on two and he was back at even par after a bogey on four. He would hit par on each of his next four holes before a bogey on his final hole gave him a score of 73 for the day and 217 for the three-day affair.
Now that the NCAA season has come to a close for Arkansas, its individuals will now play in various summer amateur events. Cappelen will represent Europe in the Palmer Cup next weekend while Marshall plays in a U.S. Open qualifier just to name a few.