#14 Arkansas MGolf Blanks Kentucky in SEC Match Play

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. – Arkansas only trailed for three holes over five matches and cruised to a 5-0 victory over Kentucky to wrap up the SEC Match Play, hosted by Jerry Pate at Old Overton Club.

The #14 Razorbacks were the 12 seed after 54 holes of stroke play the previous two days and Kentucky was the 14 seed.

Wil Gibson and Julian Perico opened the day with 3&2 wins over Dhaivat Pandya and Garrett Wood, respectively. Both Gibson and Perico tied their opponents on the first two holes. On the third hole, Gibson won with a birdie and Perico won with a par. From that point, Gibson and Perico did not surrender the lead. Both were 2-Up at the turn and both won their 16th hole to close out the 3&2 win.

Enrique Dimayuga was the only Razorback to trail, losing holes 1, 5 and 6 to Kevin Watts to be 1-Down. Dimayuga won the 7th hole to square the match and followed with a winning birdie on the 8th to go 1-Up. After tying holes 9 and 10, Dimayuga won holes 11, 13 and 14 to take a commanding 4-Up lead. Dimayuga sealed the 4&3 win by tying the 15th hole.

Manuel Lozada won the opening two holes over Campbell Kremer and never looked back in a dominating 5&4 win. Kremer trimmed his deficit by winning the 3rd holes before Lozada won holes 5 and 7 to grab a 4-Up lead. Kremer won hole 10 but Lozada won holes 11 and 13 to seal the victory.

Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira, like Gibson and Perico, tied his first two holes versus 2020 Blessing Collegiate Invitational winner Alex Goff. Fernandez de Oliveira then won the 3rd hole with a birdie and maintained a 1-Up lead through six holes. The senior birdied holes 7, 9, 10 and 13 to extend his cushion to 5-Up. Goff won hole 14 but tied the 15th hole to give Fernandez de Oliveira the 4&3 win.

Arkansas returns home to host the third annual Blessings Collegiate Invitational – presented by Tyson Foods – Oct. 3-5 at Blessing Golf Club. The event features 11 men’s and 11 women’s teams playing at the same time. Admission is free GOLF Channel will provide live coverage each afternoon. The 2022 BCI field includes host Arkansas, Cal, Central Florida, Clemson, Kansas, Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, UCLA and UNLV.

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