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 golf advances to NCAA Championships
Arkansas' Tyson Reeder hits an iron shot May 19, 2021, at the NCAA Kingston Springs (Tenn.) Regional.
Tyson Reeder shot a blistering 6-under 65 to lead the No. 24 University of Arkansas men’s golf team to a second place finish at the NCAA Kingston Springs (Tenn.) Regional on Wednesday.
The Razorbacks posted a team score of 7-under 845 to move on to the NCAA Championships, which start on May 28 in Scottsdale, Ariz. No. 13 Vanderbilt won the regional at 18 under par, fueled by a region-best 9-under 275 on Wednesday.
Each of the top 5 seeds moved on from the regional, played on the 7,107-yard par 71 course at The Golf Club of Tennessee in suburban Nashville. Fifth-seed San Diego State (-5), top seed and No. 3 Clemson (-3) and second-seeded and No. 10 North Carolina State (-3) were the other advancers.
San Diego State’s Puwit Anupansuebsai won medalist honors with an 8-under 205, but only after Reeder made a stiff challenge on Wednesday.
Reeder had a fantastic finishing round, which featured an eagle on the par 5 7th to go along with five birdies to break the Arkansas single-round postseason record. A birdie on the par 5 17th hole pulled the graduate senior from Edmond, Okla., into a tie for first place before he finished with a bogey, his first hole above par since midway through the second round.
Reeder’s 206 is an Arkansas regional record by two strokes. He became the fifth Razorback to finish runner-up at an NCAA regional, joining the Pappas brothers Brenden and Deane in 1991, Deane Pappas in 1992 and Austin Cook in 2013.
Vanderbilt’s William Moll was third at 6 under, followed by a three-way tie at 5 under between Vanderbilt’s Reid Davenport, San Diego State’s Youssef Guezzale and Clemson’s Turk Pettit.
Arkansas senior William Buhl entered the final round in a tie for third place. He shot a 71 on Wednesday, his third round at par or better, to finish at 4 under and tied for seventh.
Arkansas junior Julian Perico bogeyed two of his final three holes and wound up at 1-over 214 for the tournament and tied for 24th. Junior Segundo Oliva Pinto provided the Razorbacks’ fourth counting score with a 2-over 73 on Tuesday and tied for 57th.
Freshman Manuel Lozada, who had counting scores the first two days, fired a 74 on Wednesday and tied for 39th.
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