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.
UA men's golf fails to qualify for NCAA Championships at home course
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 )
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.
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
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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