SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – University of Arkansas freshman Mason Overstreet made a surge on Monday during the final day of the NCAA National Championship, finishing runner-up at Rich Harvest Farms for the second-best individual finish in program history.
Overstreet becomes the second player in school history to finish inside the top five at the National Championship, joining R.H. Sikes who won the program’s only National Title in 1963.
“What Mason accomplished this week is incredible,” said Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin. “He never lost focus or let the moment get to him. He is a special player and this is just the beginning of a great career.”
Entering the final round six shots off the lead, Overstreet quickly jumped into contention after birdies on two of the first three holes. As strong winds and high scores brought the leaders back to the field, Overstreet made the turn to the back nine just two shots off the lead and proceeded to hole out from the bunker for birdie on No. 10 to close the gap to one stroke.
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After a bogey on 11 and birdie on 12, the Kingfisher, Oklahoma, native found himself alone in second place and chasing Ole Miss’ Braden Thornberry. Overstreet would post bogeys on 16 and 17, but he came back with a tap-in birdie on the 72nd hole of the championship to secure a runner-up finish with rounds of 70-68-72-71 – 281 (-7).
He has now recorded five consecutive rounds at even par or better, and is 12-under during those rounds dating back to the NCAA Regional. Overstreet led the field with 21 total birdies during the championship and finished T-2nd in par three scoring at 2-under. He was one of three players in the field to shoot under par during the final round.
Overstreet finishes his freshman year with a 73.0 stroke average, including three straight top 15 finishes during postseason play.
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