UA men's golf fails to qualify for NCAA Championships at home course – WholeHogSports


Tom Murphy

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Two weeks after experiencing the thrill of victory by winning the SEC championship, the University of Arkansas men’s golf team got a dose of the agony of defeat.

The Razorbacks slipped behind the cut line with a final round 8-over 292 on Wednesday at the University of Texas Golf Club to finish sixth at the NCAA Austin Regional. Arkansas fell one spot shy of qualifying for the 30-team NCAA Championships, which will be held at The Blessings in Fayetteville starting May 24.

Arkansas began the day in fifth place, but playing partner Southern California put in a blistering round of 2 under and passed the Razorbacks midway through the final nine holes.

The Razorbacks were within a stroke of Pepperdine after that, but fell back to finish the tournament at 13-over par.

Texas won the regional with a 25 under, while TCU placed second (-5) and Clemson third (-1) as the only three teams under par. Pepperdine came in at 6 over, followed by USC (+8) and the Razorbacks.

Arkansas freshman Julian Perico shot an even-par 71 on Wednesday and finished in a tie for sixth place at 3 under for the regional. He qualified for the NCAAs as an individual as the highest-placing player not on an advancing team. The Texas duo of Steven Chervony and Cole Hammer tied with TCU’s Stefano Mazzoli for medalist honors at 9-under par.

Junior Mason Overstreet placed 17th at 2 over after shooting 72 on Wednesday. Junior William Buhl’s 74 on Wednesday left him in a tie for 25th, and junior Tyson Reeder had a final-round 76 — the Hogs’ noncounting score — that put him tied for 42nd at 10 over. Junior Luis Garza fired a final-round 75 and wound up tied for 52nd place at 14 over.

In Simpsonville, Ky., Arkansas State University finished 11th in the 13-team Louisville Regional and did not advance to the NCAA Championships.

The Red Wolves shot a 9-over 293 and finished at 26 over, 18 strokes from a tie for fifth place. Top-ranked Oklahoma State won the regional with a 14-under 838, four strokes ahead of Auburn. Also advancing were Baylor, Louisville and North Florida.

Julien Sale was the top ASU player, finishing the three rounds with a 3-over 216, which was good enough for a tie for 25th overall.

Team scores

1 Texas 278-274-275—827

2 TCU 280-292-275—847

3 Clemson 284-284-283—851

4 Pepperdine 278-290-290—858

5 Southern Cal 290-288-282—860

6 Arkansas 282-291-292—865

7 Iowa 295-285-290—870

8 Marquette 290-297-293—880

9 San Jose State 291-303-294—888

Razorbacks scores

T6 Julian Perico 67-72-71—210

17 Mason Overstreet 74-69-72—215

T25 William Buhl 71-73-74—218

T42 Tyson Reeder 70-77-76—223

T52 Luis Garza 74-78-75—227

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