ATLANTA – Behind a pair of even-par performances from junior Sebastian Cappelen and freshman Nicolas Echavarria, the No. 9 University of Arkansas men's golf team finished day one of the NCAA Championships in a tie for 14th at the Capital City Club on Tuesday.

ATLANTA – Behind a pair of even-par performances from junior Sebastian Cappelen and freshman Nicolas Echavarria, the No. 9 University of Arkansas men’s golf team finished day one of the NCAA Championships in a tie for 14th at the Capital City Club on Tuesday.

Arkansas combined to shoot six-over par as a team on the Crabapple course and sit just seven strokes behind eighth place which would put the Razorbacks into the match play portion of the event and a chance to compete for the national championship. Behind a near record-setting day by Jon Rahm (-9), Arizona State leads the team standings after 18 holes at 10-under par. No. 7 and host Georgia Tech fired six-under par as a team with No. 2 Alabama in third at five-under par. Illinois, which won the NCAA Fayetteville Regional, is fourth at four-under with No. 1 California in fifth at three-under par.

Beginning on the 10th tee after the noon hour, the Razorbacks battled the heat and humidity of the day along with the course and winds as they began their quest for a championship. Arkansas looked good early and was below par through the first several holes before the winds picked up and temperatures rose.

Echavarria continued to play well for the Razorbacks as his even par round consisted of three birdies, a bogey and double bogey. Cappelen’s even par round was void of any big numbers as he carded four birdies and four bogeys.