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.
Razorback golfer competes in Palmer
Mateo Fernandez De Oliveira of Arkansas during an NCAA golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, in Fayetteville. (AP Photo/Michael Woods).
FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas All-American golfer Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira will continue his tremendous junior season with a career highlight this weekend at the Arnold Palmer Cup.
Fernandez de Oliveira, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, will play for Team International in the 26th annual Palmer Cup teeing off today in Geneva.
The No. 31 player in the World Amateur Golf rankings and the first Argentinian to play in the Palmer Cup, he cemented his spot in the event by winning the South America Amateur Championship in January. Fernandez de Oliveira followed that up with a runner-up showing in the Latin America Amateur the next week.
Fernandez de Oliveira, a transfer from TCU prior to last season, won his first collegiate title with the Razorbacks at the Jackson T. Stephens Cup at The Alotian Club in Roland, where he defeated Palmer Cup Team USA selection Palmer Jackson of Notre Dame in a playoff.
Fernandez de Oliveira had six top-10 finishes as a Razorback, including three in the top five, and he placed ninth at the NCAA championships in Scottsdale, Ariz. His scoring average of 70.88 led the team and ranked third in UA golf history.
Fernandez de Oliveira is the 11th UA golfer, and the seventh male Razorback, chosen to compete at the Arnold Palmer Cup. He follows David Lingmerth (Sweden) in 2010, Sebastian Cappelen (Denmark) in 2011-13, Alvaro Ortiz (Mexico), Maria Fassi (Mexico) and Alana Uriell (USA) in 2018, Dylan Kim (USA) in 2018-19, and Julian Perico (Peru) and Brooke Matthews (USA) in 2021.
Perico and Fernandez de Oliveira are two of only five South Americans to compete for Team International in the event.
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