Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll. Murphy was the 2017 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Overstreet wins for first time
Arkansas sophomore Mason Overstreet won his first career tournament.
Arkansas Razorbacks' sophomore Mason Overstreet won his first collegiate golf tournament on Tuesday, finishing with an even par 70 to tie UNLV's Shintaro Ben for medalist honors at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate in Vestavia Hills, Ala.
Overstreet, last year's NCAA runner-up, opened the tournament with back-to-back 65s. The Kingfisher, Okla., had entered the tournament with four top 10 finishes in his last five starts.
The No. 16 Razorbacks finished in fifth place at 2 over, behind No. 4 Alabama (-19), No. 11 Auburn (-13), No. 7 Baylor (-12) and No. 21 BYU (+1).
UNLV finished sixth, followed by Mississippi State, South Alabama, Alabama-Birmingham and Charlotte.
Arkansas has a 34-10 head-to-head record this year.
Overstreet's stroke average of 68.5 ranks No. 10 in the nation.
Arkansas' Alvaro Ortiz and Luis Garza shot matching 72s on Tuesday, putting Ortiz in a tie for 27th place and Garza in a tie for 31st. Williams Buhl wound up at 8 over and tied for 40th, and Dylan Naidoo was 12 over and in 53rd place.
The Razorbacks wrap up their fall schedule in two weeks at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate in Dallas.
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