CARMEL, Calif. – Junior Alvaro Ortiz continued his domination of Pebble Beach on Friday afternoon, firing a career-low 6-under 66 to lead the Arkansas men’s golf team to an opening-round 3-under 357 at the Carmel Cup.
Ortiz was the story of the day as he ran away from the field, holding a two-shot lead after a career-best 6-under 66 with seven birdies and just one bogey. He birdied two of the first three holes on the front side and then caught fire on the back nine with four birdies in a six-hole span to race to the top of the leaderboard.
The Zapopan, Mexico, native is in a familiar place as he leads the Carmel Cup after the opening round for the second straight year. In seven career rounds at Pebble Beach, Ortiz has signed for five rounds under par, including all three opening rounds of the Carmel Cup.
Four Razorbacks made their collegiate debut Friday and two of those finished at even-par or better, including a 2-under 70 from Luis Garza, who sits T-9th overall. William Buhl double bogeyed his first hole of the day, but battled back to finish with an even-par 70 at T-23rd.
Dylan Naidoo posted a bogey-free back nine and signed for a 1-over 73, while Mason Overstreet finished at 4-over in his Razorback debut to round out the counting scores in T-42nd overall.
In a loaded field with four of the top 10 teams in the country, the Razorbacks are alone in sixth place and five shots back of the lead, as No. 9 Georgia tops the leaderboard at 8-under, followed by TCU and Texas Tech at 6-under.
The Carmel Cup features a rare format with six players per team and the top five counting scores contributing to each round’s total. The Razorbacks will return to the course at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday with live stats available at Golfstat.com or via the Golfstat Live app.
Razorback Lineup (Round One)
|1.||Alvaro Ortiz||34-32 – 66 (-6)|
|T9.||Luis Garza||36-34 – 70 (-2)|
|T22.||William Buhl||36-36 – 72 (E)|
|T29.||Dylan Naidoo||38-35 – 73 (+1)|
|T42.||Mason Overstreet||38-38 – 76 (+4)|
|48.||Noah Edmondson||41-43 – 84 (+12)|
Carmel Cup Results (Round One)
|1.||No. 9 Georgia||352 (-8)|
|T2.||Texas Tech||354 (-6)|
|4.||No. 4 Oklahoma State||355 (-5)|
|5.||No. 5 Vanderbilt||356 (-4)|
|6.||No. 20 Arkansas||357 (-3)|
|7.||No. 10 Oklahoma||362 (+2)|
|8.||Ohio State||365 (+5)|
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