Lozada Named SEC MGolf Freshman of the Week
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Arkansas’ Manuel Lozada was named the SEC Men’s Golf Freshman of the Week, the league announced today. Lozada is the third Razorback to earn the honor and first since Luis Garza was tabbed in 2017.
Lozada (Córdoba, Argentina) recorded his first career top-10 finish after tying for sixth at the Collegiate Invitational. He shot rounds of 70-72-72 for a 1-over-par score of 213.
He tied two golfers among the nation’s top 10 including #1 Nick Gabrelcik (North Florida) and #11 William Moll (Vanderbilt) as well as defeating 17 of the nation’s top 100 players in the field, including his teammates #27 Julian Perico and #46 Tyson Reeder.
Lozada birdied two of his last three holes to earn the tie for sixth as well as pushing #21 Arkansas from 10th to 8th in the 14-team field that featured 13 of the nation’s top 50 programs.
While Lozada has played in all eight team events, this was his first time not playing as an individual this spring (Lozada had two top 20 finishes in the three fall events). His three-round score of 214 was his second-best, 54-hole score and his best on a par 71 course (shot a 1-under 209 in the fall on a par 70 course). This season, his score has counted toward the team total in 11 of his 12 rounds when playing with the team.
Lozada and the Razorbacks will look to defend the program’s SEC Championship – won in 2019 – in two weeks (April 21-25) at Sea Island Golf Club (Seaside Course) in St. Simons Island, Ga. The SEC Championship will consist of three days of stroke play (April 21-23) followed by three rounds of match play (April 24-25).