ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – University of Arkansas junior Mason Overstreet birdied two of his last five holes and is tied for sixth at 3-under-par after two rounds Friday, while fellow juniors Luis Garza and Tyson Reeder are 2-under par and tied for eighth, to lead #19 Arkansas to a fourth-place standing at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate, played at the par-72, 7,555-yard UNM Championship South Course.
The Razorbacks added the event this weekend after being rained out in Cincinnati earlier in the week. Arkansas started slowly and was tied for 11th after the first 5-8 holes played. However, the Garza and Reeder helped lead a charge and the Razorbacks remained among the top five over the final 27 holes. After posting an even-par round of 288 in the morning session, the Razorbacks carded a 5-under-par 283 in the afternoon to stand in fourth with a 36-hole total of 571.
UNLV leads the 17-team field with a two-round score of 562, followed by BYU (565), Pepperdine (568) and Arkansas. Colorado and host New Mexico are tied for fifth, each with a 2-under 574.
“The afternoon session was a really good round,” said head coach Brad McMakin. “We put ourselves in position to win with a great round tomorrow. We need to eliminate a few mistakes, but we have the team to make up the ground we need to cover. We are looking forward to competing tomorrow.”
Overstreet, who led the field with 27 pars over 36 holes, was even after 18 holes, posting two birdies and two pars. He opened the second round Friday with birdies on two of his first three holes. However, he dropped a shot on his fifth hole, the par-3, 8th hole. Overstreet would reel off 11 pars and birdied holes 17 and 18 for his 3-under par 69. Overall, he jumped 11 spots from round one to round two and sits tied for sixth with a score of 141 (72-69).
Garza and Reeder with a group of 11 players tied for eighth at 2-under-par (142).
Garza, like Overstreet, shot even par 72 in the morning. He had six birdies in the opening round and, by posting five more in the second round, is second in the field with 11 birdies. through 36 holes. Despite three birdies early in the second round, he was even after 10 holes. Garza played the final eight holes at 2-under to post his round of 70 and move up nine spots into his tie for eighth.
Reeder was the opposite of Garza but turned in the same 36-hole score of 142 (70-72). He was 2-under in the morning thanks to an eagle on the 18th hole and a birdie on his final hole of the round, the par-4, 6th hole. In the second round, Reeder off-set four bogeys with four birdies for his even par round of 72.
William Buhl is tied for 32nd, shooting a two-over par 146 (74-72). The junior had four bogeys and two birdies for his opening-round 74. However, he overcame a double bogey, birdied two of his last three holes and climbed seven spots with his second-round 72.
Wil Gibson, playing as an individual, is tied for 67th (73-78=151) and Julian Perico is tied for 74th (75-78=153).
The event will conclude with 18 holes on Saturday.
William Buhl had the second-best scoring average on the par 3’s at 1-under.
Mason Overstreet had the second-best scoring average on the par 4’s at 2-under.
Luis Garza had the second-best scoring average on the par 5’s at 7-under.
William H. Tucker Intercollegiate
Sept. 28-29, 2018 – Host: New Mexico
UNM Championship South Course – Albuquerque, N.M.
Par 72 – 7,555-yards
|T67||Wil Gibson (Ind.)||73||78||151||+7|
|7||San Diego State||292||285||577||+1|
|New Mexico State||291||300||591||+15|