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.
Arkansas golf falls to 5th entering final day of Austin Regional
Mason Overstreet 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 )
The No. 31 Arkansas Razorbacks could not duplicate their hot-shooting back nine at the University of Texas Golf Club on Tuesday and fell back a spot to fifth place after two rounds of the NCAA Austin Regional.
The Razorbacks carded a 7-over 291 for the day, led by junior Mason Overstreet, and are at 5 over with one round remaining in the 54-hole event.
Arkansas leads No. 7 Southern California by five shots for the final qualifying spot. The Trojans made up three strokes on the Razorbacks, who were even par on the back nine after firing a 5 under on the back on Monday.
The top five teams at each of six NCAA regionals will make up the 30-team field at the NCAA Championships at The Blessings beginning on May 24.
Host and No. 6 Texas fired a 10 under, the best round of the regional, to sit alone in first place at 16 under, 16 shots better than No. 18 Pepperdine and No. 19 Clemson.
No. 30 TCU had an 8 over in the second round and is at 4 over for the regional, one shot ahead of Arkansas, which started on the back nine on the par 71 course for the second straight day.
Razorbacks freshman Julian Perico held the individual lead for a large chunk of the round while sitting at 6 under, but he bogeyed three holes in succession and wound up at 1 over on the day.
Perico is at 3 under for the regional, alone in sixth place, one shot behind the leaders.
Overstreet had three birdies on the first eight holes and was at 3 under before making consecutive bogeys on Nos. 7 and 8. He completed his day with his fifth birdie on the par 5 9th and shot 69. He is 1 over for the regional and tied for 15th.
Junior William Buhl shot a 2-over 73 with 16 pars and bogeys on Nos. 18 and 9. He is at 2 over for the tournament and tied for 21st.
Junior Tyson Reeder could not maintain his consistency from Monday and wound up at 6 over for the day, 5 over for the tournament and tied for 33rd.
Junior Luis Garza had Arkansas’ non-scoring round with an up-and-down round of 78 that included three birdies, four bogeys and three double bogeys. He’s tied for 51st at 10 under.
Julian Perico 67-72—139
Mason Overstreet 74-69—143
William Buhl 71-73—144
Tyson Reeder 70-77—147
Luis Garza 74-78—152
Texas 278-274—552 -16
Pepperdine 278-290—568 E
Clemson 284-284—568 E
TCU 280-292—572 +4
Arkansas 282-291—573 +5
Southern Cal 290-288—578 +10
Iowa 295-285—580 +12
Marquette 290-297—587 +19
San Jose State 291-303—594 +26
St. Mary’s 307-290—597 +29
Missouri-KC 295-302—597 +29
Sam Houston 303-302—605 +37
Army 309-305—614 +46
Prairie View 309-305—614 +46
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