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.
Perico tied for lead through 2 rounds at SECs
Julian Perico of Arkansas hits a tee shot during the Valspar Collegiate Invitational at the Floridian on Monday, March 18, 2019, in Palm City, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Halleran )
University of Arkansas freshman Julian Perico kept up his attack at the Sea Island Golf Club, firing a 3-under 67 to jump into a tie for the lead after the second round of the SEC men’s golf championships Thursday.
On a relatively calm day with decent scoring conditions on the Seaside Course, Perico led the Razorbacks to a 6-under 274 at St. Simons Island, Ga., to put Arkansas in a tie for sixth place with Kentucky heading into the final round of stroke play today.
Perico, who was tied for first at 4 under after the opening round, is tied with Auburn’s Graysen Huff. Medalist honors will be determined after today’s round, as will the eight teams that will begin match play Saturday morning.
No. 13 Auburn surged to a 19-under team score to lead No. 4 Vanderbilt by 10 shots. The Tigers had a tourney-best score of 11 under on Thursday.
No. 16 Georgia could not take advantage of the conditions, firing a 1 under to slot in at third place with a 9 under team score.
Arkansas junior Mason Overstreet had two birdies and two bogeys for an even-par 70. Overstreet is tied for 22nd at 1 under.
Junior Luis Garza had three birdies and one bogey for a 2 under after a 3 over on Wednesday. He is in a tie for 33rd at 1-over 141 for the tournament.
Junior William Buhl, who finished second last year, carded a 1 under to reach 4 over for the tournament and a tie for 46th.
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