FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Aiming to lead Arkansas to its ninth straight NCAA Tournament this upcoming spring, head coach Brad McMakin announced the signing of William Buhl (Fairhope, Ala.), Luis Garza (Leon, Mexico), Dylan Naidoo (Craigavon, South Africa) and Mason Overstreet (Kingfisher, Okla.) to National Letters Of Intent (NLI) to join the program in the fall of 20016.
William Buhl – Fairhope, Ala. – Bayside Academy
• Won the 70th Alabama State Junior Championship by four shots with a score of eight-under (69-67-72) in his first-ever appearance.
• Back-to-back (2013, 14) Alabama Class 3A state champion … won the 2015 title by six shots.
• 2015 AL.com Coastal Alabama Golfer of the Year.
• Four of his five career AJGA top 10s are top 5s.
• Posted top 20s in seven of 15 AJGA events since 2014.
• Earned a pair of top 20 results in his last two AJGA events, tying for 7th at the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational and 18th at the Junior PGA Championship.
• Opened the 2015 AJGA season with a runner-up finish at the Puerto Rico Junior Open.
Coach McMakin On Buhl
“William has really built off winning the Alabama Junior this summer with great play in the PGA Junior and Rolex Tournament of Champions. He understands the game as well as anyone I’ve seen and he brings a great attitude.”
Luis Garza – Leon, Mexico – Montverde Academy (FL)
• Tied for 6th overall at the 2015 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup as Mexico’s top finisher, closing with a six-under 65.
• Posted eight career AJGA top 10s, including five top 5s
• Won the 2014 AJGA Junior hosted by Ocala thanks to a final round 67.
• Runner-up at the 2014 AJGA Wells Fargo Junior Classic and 2013 TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star.
• Named the Golfweek Player of the Week after winning the 2013 Golfweek Junior Invitational by three shots.
Coach McMakin On Garza
“Luis has competed all over the world and will bring tremendous experience to the team. He’s the top ranked player in Mexico and has competed on the national team numerous times over the last year. We are excited to have Luis join our program.”
Dylan Naidoo – Craigavon, South Africa
• 1 ranked junior golfer in South Africa.
• U-17 and U-19 South African Stroke Play Champion.
• Represented South Africa at the Italian U-16 Championship.
• Tied for 8th at five-under at the 2015 South African Stroke Play Championship.
• Advanced to match play at the 2015 South African Amateur Championship.
• Participated in the 2015 Joburg Open on the European Tour, posting back-to-back 70s.
• Top 30 finish in the 2014 Junior World Golf Championship in San Diego.
• Tied for 8th at the 2014 US Kids Golf Championship held at Pinehurst.
• Low-man for South Africa at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup at two-under par.
Coach McMakin On Naidoo
“Ranked as the top player in South America and having represented his country in the World Championships in Japan, Dylan has experience playing all over the world. He has a solid short game and is a great ball striker. I expect him to contribute immediately as a freshman.”
Mason Overstreet – Kingfisher, Okla. – Laverne High School
• Two-time Oklahoma high school state champion (2013 – 2A, 2015 – 3A).
• Named the Oklahoman’s 2015 All-City Golfer of the Year.
• Won nine of 11 tournaments as a junior with a 69.4 stroke average.
• Only player to ever win the Texas/Oklahoma Junior Championship three times (2013, 14, 15) in the open division.
• Has earned eight victories on the Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour, including four of six in the summer/fall of 2014.
• Represented the U.S. in the 2015 Toyota Junior Golf World Cup.
• Recently tied for 4th at the Trusted Choice Big I National Championship.
• Won the 2014 Red River Junior Golf Championship.
• 2014 Oklahoma Golf Association (OGA) stroke play champion at nine-under.
• Birdied his final four holes to win the 2014 Oklahoma Junior Golf Tour Championship by one stroke.
Coach McMakin On Overstreet
“Mason is an incredible competitor with a winning attitude. He won the first, second and third tournaments I watched him play so it didn’t take long to realize he’s a special talent. He’ll provide great leadership and I can’t wait for him and the rest of this great class to get here.”