Wednesday, May 16, 2018
NORMAN, Okla. -- After finishing the first round tied for second at the 2018 NCAA Norman Regional Championship on Monday, the No. 15 University of Arkansas men's golf team dropped to 10th after challenging conditions Tuesday, including a lightning delay.
Wind gusts from 13--32 miles per hour throughout the day affected the Razorbacks' game play as did a lightning delay of over an hour near the end of the round at Jimmie Austin Golf Course.
The Razorbacks are eight shots behind the cutline entering today's final round. The top five teams from each of six regionals advance to the NCAA Championship later this month.
Senior Alvaro Ortiz had a strong performance, moving up two spots on the leaderboard. His 1-under 71 was three strokes ahead of Monday's 2-over 74 as he finished with three birdies and two bogeys Tuesday. He is currently tied for 26th overall with a 1-over 145.
Redshirt sophomore Tyson Reeder shaved off four strokes on day two in his first NCAA Regional. The Edmond, Okla., native tallied two birdies and two bogeys to move up eight spots to tie for 43rd overall.
Luis Garza, Mason Overstreet and William Buhl all struggled on the second day of the tournament, combining for seven birdies in the round. Overstreet, who ended with an even-par 72 Monday for 16th, dropped to 43rd after a 4-over 76 Tuesday, and Buhl dropped significantly after finishing two strokes behind the leader with a 3-under 69 Monday to 43rd with a two-round 148. Garza added a single stroke to finish tied for 37th with a 147.
No. 3 Oklahoma remains atop the leaderboard with a 9-under 567 on its home course. No. 33 Pepperdine shot a 14-under 274 to rocket to second place with a 7-under 569. No. 27 North Florida holds a 5-under 571 for third with No. 10 Auburn and No. 39 BYU tied for fourth with a 3-under 573.Sports on 05/16/2018
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