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Taylor, McMakin on dealing with shutdown of promising seasons for Hogs

Arkansas golf coaches Shauna Taylor and Brad McMakin met with the media Thursday afternoon via teleconference to talk about the shutdown’s effect on players, programs ahead of what looked to be good seasons.

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Overstreet, Mistry on sudden end to season; coping with shutdown

Arkansas golfers Mason Overstreet and Kajal Mistry on his getting year back and her dealing with not being able to fly home to South Africa due to COVID-19 global pandemic.

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No. 21 Hogs set to open spring season at Sea Best Intercollegiate in Florida

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Arkansas’ men’s golf team is in 12th place with a 36-hole total of 582 (294-288) in the team’s opening event of the spring season, the Sea Best Intercollegiate played at TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley Course.

Tyson Reeder led the Razorbacks, shooting a 2-over-par 142 through two rounds Monday and standing in a tie for 25th.

In the morning session, the senior posted an even-par round of 70 thanks to three birdies and three bogeys. He followed that with a 2-over round of 72 in the afternoon.

Julian Perico is tied for 45th (145). He, like Reeder, carded three birdies in the morning session and fired a 74. In round two, Perico shot a 1-over-par 71 getting two birdies and an eagle on the 354-yard, par-4 third hole, one of six eagles turned in one day one.

Mason Overstreet is tied for 52nd with a 36-hole score of 147 (75-72). Luis Garza is one stroke behind Overstreet and tied for 57th with a two-round total of 147 (75-73).

William Buhl is tied for 70th (76-77=153). William McDonald, playing as an individual, is in 72nd with a score of 154 (79-75).

Texas A&M, ranked 12th nationally, leads the 14-team field with a 7-under-par, 36-hole score of 553, followed by 37 Florida (554), 13 North Carolina (560), 35 Liberty (562), 48 Campbell (566) and 31 North Florida (568).

Information from Razorback Sports Communications is included in this story.

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Razorbacks sweep to win in first doubleheader of season

FAYETTEVILLE — In its second doubleheader of the season, Arkansas earned a sweep with a 4-3 victory over UCF and a 7-0 victory over Saint Louis.

The Hogs got off to a slow start against UCF, dropping the doubles point in straight sets. The team went down 2-0, as Alex Reco fell 7-5, 6-2.

Josh Howard-Tripp gave the Razorbacks a spark, earning 6-4, 6-4 victory at the No. 1 position. Pedro Dominguez tied the match at the No. 4 position with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win.

Arkansas won its next two matches, clinching the victory with a 7-5, 7-6(4) win from Adam Sanjurjo. The team played through, falling at the No. 5 position.

The Hogs dominated the Billikens, taking the doubles point in straight sets before earning five singles wins. Jose Dominguez Alonso clinched the match at the No. 4 position, and Arkansas improved to 4-0 on the season.

The Razorbacks will return to the court Monday, facing Oklahoma State in the team’s first road test of the season.

Match One | Arkansas 4, UCF 3

Doubles Results – Order of Finish (2,1)
1. Trey Hilderbrand/Bogdan Pavel (UCF) def. Enrique Paya/Maxim Verboven (AR) 7-5
2. Juan Pablo Mazzuchi/Manoel Alencar (UCF) def. Josh Howard-Tripp/Alex Reco (AR) 6-3
3. Pedro Alonso/Adam Sanjurjo (AR) vs. Alan Rubio/Mikhail Sokolovskiy (UCF) 6-5, unfinished

Singles Results – Order of Finish (3,1,4,6,2,5)
1. Josh Howard-Tripp (AR) def. Juan Pablo Mazzuchi (UCF) 6-4, 6-4
2. Adam Sanjurjo (AR) def. Alan Rubio (UCF) 7-5, 7-6 (7-4)
3. Trey Hilderbrand (UCF) def. Alex Reco (AR) 7-5, 6-2
4. Pedro Alonso (AR) def. Bogdan Pavel (UCF) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
5. Mikhail Sokolovskiy (UCF) def. Enrique Paya (AR) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
6. Maxim Verboven (AR) def. Manoel Alencar (UCF) 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)

Match Two | Arkansas 7, Saint Louis 0

Doubles Results – Order of Finish (3,2,1)
1. Josh Howard-Tripp/Alex Reco (AR) def. Kenji Yanaba/Pavel Badaiants (SLU-M) 6-2
2. Jose Alonso/Pedro Alonso (AR) def. Justin Nogalski/Ignacio Tintore (SLU-M) 6-1
3. Maxim Verboven/Josh Bortnick (AR) def. No player/No player (SLU-M), by forfeit

Singles Results – Order of Finish (6,2,4,1,5,3)
1. Josh Howard-Tripp (AR) def. Justin Nogalski (SLU-M) 6-3, 6-3
2. Alex Reco (AR) def. Kenji Yanaba (SLU-M) 6-1, 6-1
3. Pedro Alonso (AR) def. Pavel Badaiants (SLU-M) 6-1, 6-4
4. Jose Alonso (AR) def. Ignacio Tintore (SLU-M) 6-1, 6-1
5. Josh Bortnick (AR) def. John Paul McKenzie (SLU-M) 6-0, 6-2
6. Maxim Verboven (AR) def. No player (SLU-M), by forfeit

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Ortiz leading field at Latin America Championship in Dominican Republic

Alvaro Ortiz carded a 2-under par 70 Saturday, has a 54-hole score of 208 (-8) and leads by one stroke with one round left to play at the Latin America Amateur Championship, played at Teeth of the Dog Golf Course in Casa del Campo, Dominican Republic.

Julian Perico is even par (216) through three rounds and is tied for 17th.

The winner of the Latin America Amateur Championship will be invited to play in the 2019 Masters and receive exemptions into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and U.S. Open in 2019.

Ortiz got off to a strong start with birdies on holes 2, 5 and 7 to make the turn at 3-under par. The opened the back nine with a pair of bogeys but ran off six pars before finishing with a birdie on 18 for a round of 70 (2-under par).

Perico, who started the day in eighth, shot 40 on his front nine. He got on track with a birdie on the par-4, 11th hole. However, he gave that stroke back with a bogey on the 12th. Perico rallied and birdies holes 15 and 18 to finish the day with a 2-over 74.

The final round of the Championship is set for Sunday and coverage can be found on ESPN2 (Jan. 20), with the telecasts also available on the ESPN App or by visiting www.laacgolf.com.

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Perico shoots low round; Ortiz second at Latin America Amateur

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas freshman Julian Perico shot the low round of the day, a 7-under-par 65, and jumped from 61st to eighth in day two at the Latin America Amateur Championship, played at Teeth of the Dog Golf Course in Casa del Campo, Dominican Republic.

Former Razorback and round one leader Alvaro Ortiz shot an even-par 72 Friday and is one stroke back after 36 holes with a two-day total of 138 (-6). Perico’s 36-hole score is 142 (-2).

The winner of the Latin America Amateur Championship will be invited to play in the 2019 Masters and receive exemptions into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and U.S. Open in 2019.

Perico, playing in his third LAAC with a pair of top 15 finishes, opened his second round with a birdie on the par-4, 10th hole. He would then birdie holes 12 and 13 before finishing his front nine with birdies on holes 17 and 18 for a 31. Perico opened his back nine with four pars before a birdie on the par-5, 5th hole got him to 6-under. After a bogey on his 15th hole, Perico posted a par and closed his round with a pair of birdies for 7-under-par 65.

Ortiz, who has two runner-up finishes and a third-place finish at the Championship, made the turn at 1-over after posting two birdies, a bogey and a double. He got back to even for the day with a birdie on the par-4, 11th hole and reeled off seven pars to complete his second round.

Luis Garza shot three-over-par 75 Friday but missed the cut to advance to the weekend with a 36-hole score of 155 and tied for 76th.

Round three of the four-day Championship is set for Saturday and coverage can be found on the ESPN family of networks. Two hours of live play will air on ESPNEWS (Jan. 19) and ESPN2 (Jan. 20), with the telecasts also available on the ESPN App or by visiting www.laacgolf.com

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Three Razorback golfers will be playing in Latin America Amateur

FAYETTEVILLE — Three Razorbacks — two current and one former — will play in the Latin America Amateur Championship, which will be contested Jan. 17-20 at Teeth of the Dog Golf Course in Casa del Campo, Dominican Republic.

Current Razorbacks include junior Luis Garza, representing Mexico, and freshman Julian Perico, representing Peru. Alvaro Ortiz, who played at Arkansas from 2014-18, will be representing his native Mexico.

This is the fifth year of the Latin America Amateur Championship and Both Ortiz and Garza have played in each of the previous four Championships.

The event began as a joint venture through the Masters Tournament, The R&A and the USGA in an effort to further develop amateur golf throughout Latin America.

The winner will be invited to the 2019 Masters and receive exemptions into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and U.S. Open in 2019.

Ortiz has finished among the top three on three occasions (runner up in 2017 and 2018; finished third in 215) and he placed 46th in 2016.

Perico tied for fourth in 2017 and tied for 13th last season. Garza is playing in his fifth LAAC and has finished 37th, 38th, 44th and 11th, respectively, each of the last four years.

Ortiz was a three-time All-Central Region selection while at Arkansas and led the team in scoring average in both 2016-17 and 2017-18. His 71.24 scoring average last season ranks second on the school’s single-season list and his career scoring average of 72.22 ranks second as well.

Garza has a career scoring average of 72.33 and is coming off an impressive fall season where he posted a 71.87 scoring average.

He opened the season with a third-place finish at the prestigious Carmel Cup. Last year Garza won the Southern Intercollegiate and he has a total of eight top 10 finishes in his career.

Perico also had an impressive fall, posting a scoring average of 71.07. He won the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate and placed fourth in the Gopher Invitational.

In winning the Jerry Pate, Perico set school records for a low 36-hole score (129) and low 54-hole score (197) as he carded rounds of 64-65-68. Of his 15 rounds played, Perico had eight rounds of par or better.

The Razorbacks will begin the spring portion of their 2018-19 schedule on Feb. 4-5 at the Sea Best Invitational, played in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., at TPC Sawgrass – Dye’s Valley Course.