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.
On this date in Razorback history, April 28
Julian Perico of Arkansas hits Friday, May 24, 2019, onto the 16th green during the first day of play in the Men's NCAA Golf Championships at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville.
April 28, 2019
Freshman Julian Perico sank a short par putt on No. 18 to win his match 1 up over Auburn’s Grayson Huff to clinch the SEC championship for the Razorbacks at St. Simon’s Island, Ga.
The Razorbacks beat the highly regarded Tigers 3-1-1 with Juan Garza’s match on the 19th hole considered halved after Perico’s winning putt.
The freshman Perico gave out a shout, then wiped back tears while hugging teammates on the 18th green as Arkansas won its first SEC title since 1995.
Perico (3-0) and Garza (2-0-1) were unbeaten in SEC match play at the championship. Juniors William Buhl and Tyson Reeder each went 2-1 in match play and won their matches in the final.
Coach Brad McMakin, who guided the Razorbacks to a national runner-up finish in 2009, led Arkansas to its second SEC championship.
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