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Arkansas' Perico wins in Tennessee
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.
Arkansas junior Julian Perico eagled the 18th hole for the second time in three days Tuesday to win the Vanderbilt Legends Collegiate in Franklin, Tenn.
Perico shot a 2-under 69 and finished at 14-under 199 to beat Vanderbilt’s John Augenstein by two shots and Georgia’s Davis Thompson by three.
Perico was tied with Alex Goff of Kentucky going to the final hole. He hit a 2-iron for his second shot on the 527-yard, par-5 18th and — with some help from the cart path — reached the green in two shots. He then sank a 20-foot eagle putt to get to 14 under.
Perico’s 199 total ties the second-lowest 54-hole score in school history.
“I am very proud of Julian,” Coach Brad McMakin said in a news release. “He was in control of his game and emotions this week. All wins are huge. Then considering this field, I can’t express how impressive it is for any golfer to get a win.”
Segundo Oliva Pinto tied for 27th place with a 4-under 209 total. He finished with 16 birdies to lead the team. Mason Overstreet shot a 4-under 67 — tying for the third-best round of the day — to climb 18 spots and finish in a tie for 37th place at 1-under 212.
The Razorbacks posted a three-day team total of 21-under 831, tying for sixth place in the SEC-only field. Vanderbilt claimed the team title.
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