Razorbacks Finish Strong at Cabo
SAN JOSE del CABO, Mexico – The Arkansas men’s golf team, ranked 32nd nationally, had one of the best rounds of the day and moved up one more spot to finish 10th with a 54-hole total of 885 (305-290-290) the Querencia Cabo Collegiate (par 71, 6,924 yards).
Freshman Wil Gibson had his best collegiate outing, shooting a 2-under-par 211 (69-72-70) and tying for 13th. Fellow freshman Julian Perico recorded his fourth top 20 finish, tying for 15th with a 1-under-par 212 (72-67-73).
Gibson, playing as an individual, started his final round with a birdie on the par-5, 15th hole. However, he suffered a double bogey on his next hole and was 2-over through six holes after a bogey on the par-3, 2nd hole. Gibson responded with a birdie on the 3rd hole. From that point, he posted nine pars and two birdies to finish with a 1-under-par 70. Overall, Gibson posted season-bests for highest finish (t-13th – previous best finish was 43rd), best 18-hole score (69), best 36-hole score (141), best 54-hole score (211) by 13 strokes and best finish in relation to par (-2) by 10 strokes. Gibson carded 13 birdies at Cabo – the fourth-best total in the field. He entered the event with 23 birdies in his first five events of the season.
Perico, playing in his eighth event, had his fourth top 20 finish and third inside the top 15. He opened with a double bogey on the 10th hole but would shoot even par the rest of the way, off-setting three bogeys with three birdies, to finish with a 2-over-par 73.
Mason Overstreet and William Buhl tied for the best round of the day for the Razorbacks, each shooting a 1-over-par 72. Overstreet, who shaved three strokes off his previous day’s total, finished tied for 45th with a 54-hole total of 223 (76-75-72). Buhl finished 54th with a three-day score of 227 (81-74-72).
Tyson Reeder and Luis Garza both finished with 37 pars, tying for the fourth-best total in the field over the 54 holes. Reeder, who had four birdies today, shot a 3-over-par 74 in the final round and finished tied for 48th with a total of 224 (76-74-74). Garza, who had 14 pars in the final round, tied for 58th with a total of 232 (83-76-73).
The Razorbacks entered the final day in 11th place and 20 strokes behind Houston, who was tied for seventh after 36 holes. Arkansas quickly passed Texas A&M for 10th pace and nearly made up the difference on Houston to finish ninth. The Razorbacks made up 15 strokes on Houston and shot a 6-over-par 290 in the final round compared to the Cougars’ +21 (305) in the final round.
Top-ranked Oklahoma State won the 13-team event that featured 11 of the nation’s top 50 programs. The Cowboys posted a three-day total of 820 and beat #9 Arizona State (828) by eight strokes. The top five was rounded out by #36 Baylor (843), #3 Vanderbilt (858) and#50 Arizona.
The Razorbacks return to action March 17-19 at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational, played at the Floridian in Palm City, Fla.
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Mar 3-5, 2019
|T13||Wil Gibson (Ind.)||69||72||70||211||-2|
|1.||#1 Oklahoma State||277||269||274||820||-32|
|2.||#9 Arizona State||269||287||272||828||-24|
|7.||#48 Ole Miss||281||294||291||866||+14|
|8.||#27 Florida State||297||274||297||868||+16|
|#19 Texas A&M||292||299||304||895||+43|