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Two weeks after experiencing the thrill of victory by winning the SEC championship, the University of Arkansas men’s golf team got a dose of the agony of defeat.

The Razorbacks slipped behind the cut line with a final round 8-over 292 on Wednesday at the University of Texas Golf Club to finish sixth at the NCAA Austin Regional. Arkansas fell one spot shy of qualifying for the 30-team NCAA Championships, which will be held at The Blessings in Fayetteville starting May 24.

Arkansas began the day in fifth place, but playing partner Southern California put in a blistering round of 2 under and passed the Razorbacks midway through the final nine holes.

The Razorbacks were within a stroke of Pepperdine after that, but fell back to finish the tournament at 13-over par.

Texas won the regional with a 25 under, while TCU placed second (-5) and Clemson third (-1) as the only three teams under par. Pepperdine came in at 6 over, followed by USC (+8) and the Razorbacks.

Arkansas freshman Julian Perico shot an even-par 71 on Wednesday and finished in a tie for sixth place at 3 under for the regional. He qualified for the NCAAs as an individual as the highest-placing player not on an advancing team. The Texas duo of Steven Chervony and Cole Hammer tied with TCU’s Stefano Mazzoli for medalist honors at 9-under par.

Junior Mason Overstreet placed 17th at 2 over after shooting 72 on Wednesday. Junior William Buhl’s 74 on Wednesday left him in a tie for 25th, and junior Tyson Reeder had a final-round 76 — the Hogs’ noncounting score — that put him tied for 42nd at 10 over. Junior Luis Garza fired a final-round 75 and wound up tied for 52nd place at 14 over.

In Simpsonville, Ky., Arkansas State University finished 11th in the 13-team Louisville Regional and did not advance to the NCAA Championships.

The Red Wolves shot a 9-over 293 and finished at 26 over, 18 strokes from a tie for fifth place. Top-ranked Oklahoma State won the regional with a 14-under 838, four strokes ahead of Auburn. Also advancing were Baylor, Louisville and North Florida.

Julien Sale was the top ASU player, finishing the three rounds with a 3-over 216, which was good enough for a tie for 25th overall.

Wednesday’s results

UA INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

Julian Perico ................ 67-72-71—210 Mason Overstreet......... 74-69-72—215 William Buhl ................. 71-73-74—218 Tyson Reeder ............... 70-77-76—223 Luis Garza .................... 74-78-75—227

TEAM SCORES

Texas ....................... 278-274-275—827 TCU .......................... 280-292-275—847 Clemson .................. 284-284-283—851 Pepperdine .............. 278-290-290—858 Southern Cal ........... 290-288-282—860

Arkansas ............ 282-291-292—865

Iowa ......................... 295-285-290—870 Marquette ................ 290-297-293—880 San Jose State ........ 291-303-294—888 St. Mary’s ................ 307-290-294—891 Missouri-KC ............ 295-302-293—890 Sam Houston .......... 303-302-291—896 Army ........................ 309-305-296—910 Prairie View ............. 309-305-310—924

Top 5 teams advance to NCAA Tournament

Print Headline: UA men’s golf loses spot in NCAA field

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