Razorbacks tie record, lead Sea Best Invitational by 4 strokes

By: Tom Murphy
Published: Monday, February 5, 2018
Alvaro Ortiz (above) and sophomores William Buhl and Mason Overstreet are all at 2 under and tied for 10th place heading into the final round of the Sea Best Invitational at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Verda Beach, Fla.
Photo by Arkansas Athletic Communications
Alvaro Ortiz (above) and sophomores William Buhl and Mason Overstreet are all at 2 under and tied for 10th place heading into the final round of the Sea Best Invitational at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Verda Beach, Fla.

The No. 20 Arkansas Razorbacks fired a program record-tying 13 under 267 on Monday to take a four-shot lead into the final round of the Sea Best Invitational at the TPC Sawgrass course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

The Razorbacks’ team score of 11 under leads No. 43 South Florida by four and Liberty by five. No. 28 Tennessee, the only other team below par, is nine strokes behind. Arkansas will tee off in Tuesday's final round at 8:30 a.m. with South Florida and Liberty.

The Razorbacks played the first round early Monday in 2 over and sat in seventh place before the record-tying round. The single-round school record of 13 under was first accomplished by the 2003 team at the TaylorMade Intercollegiate.

Arkansas sophomore Luis Garza is 4 under and in a tie for fourth place, two strokes behind co-leaders Ervin Chang of Liberty and William Register of North Carolina.

The Arkansas trio of senior Alvaro Ortiz and sophomores William Buhl and Mason Overstreet are all at 2 under and tied for 10th place. Ortiz, who is coming off his second runner-up finish at the Latin America Amateur Championship, and Overstreet, the NCAA runner-up last year, both fired 5 under 65s in the second round, tying Register for the best round of the tournament. Ortiz had an eagle and five birdies and Overstreet shot six birdies in the second round.

Arkansas sophomore Tyson Reeder carded a 6 over and is tied for 49th place with freshman Landon Ernst, who is playing the tournament as an individual.

The Razorbacks now own two of the three lowest scores at the Sea Best Invitational, having carded a 272 last year, five shots behind Florida’s course-record 15 under in 2016.

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