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story.lead_photo.caption Julian Perico of Arkansas hits a tee shot during the Valspar Collegiate Invitational at the Floridian on Monday, March 18, 2019, in Palm City, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Halleran )

A sizzling back nine, set off by a couple of eagles from freshman Julian Perico, got the University of Arkansas men's golf team off to a hot start as the Razorbacks went off from the No. 10 tee at the NCAA Austin Regional.

Arkansas had a team score of 8 under par early in the round before settling for a 2 under and fourth place after Monday's opening round at the University of Texas Golf Club.

UA Individual scores

Julian Perico 31-36—67

Tyson Reeder 35-35—70

William Buhl 36-35—71

Luis Garza 39-35—74

Mason Overstreet 37-37—74

Team scoers

  1. Pepperdine 278 -6
  2. Texas 278 -6
  3. TCU 280 -4
  4. Arkansas 282 -2
  5. Clemson 283 -1

6t. Southern California 290 +6

6t. Marquette 290 +6

  1. San Jose State 291 +7

9t. Missouri-Kansas City 295 +11

9t. Iowa 295 +11

  1. Sam Houston State 303 +19
  2. St. Mary’s 307 +23

13t. Army 309 +25

13t. Prairie View 309 +25

Host and No. 6 Texas shared the first-round lead with No. 18 Pepperdine at 6 under, followed by TCU at 4 under on the par-71 course.

The top-five teams from each of six regionals will advance to the NCAA Championships starting May 24 at The Blessings in Fayetteville.

Perico eagled the par-5 11th hole and the par-5 14th hole, and he put up birdies on Nos. 12 and 16 to shoot out to 6 under and the early lead. He made the turn with a 5-under 31 and finished at 4-under 67. Perico is tied for second place with Pepperdine's Joshua McCarthy and TCU's David Ravetto, one shot behind Texas' Pierceson Coody.

Arkansas junior Tyson Reeder made a birdie on No. 11 and parred every other hole to finish with a 70 to tie for ninth place.

Junior William Buhl is tied for 13th at even-par 71 after making three birdies and three bogeys.

Juniors Luis Garza and Mason Overstreet each carded 3-over 74s in the opening round. Garza birdied No. 1 and had four bogeys, while Overstreet birdied Nos. 1 and 17 and had five bogeys.

Clemson stood in fifth place at even-par 284, while Southern California (+6), Marquette (+6), San Jose State (+7), Iowa (+11) and Missouri-Kansas City (+11) rounded out the top 10.

The Razorbacks will tee off on No. 10 this morning at 8 a.m. with Clemson and USC for round two.

Sports on 05/14/2019

Print Headline: UA golf puts itself in strong position

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