Razorbacks golf finish 3rd at Carmel Cup

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(Photo courtesy of University of Arkansas Athletics)

 Julian Perico and Segundo Oliva Pinto each fired a final-round 67, while Luke Long carded a 68, as #19 Arkansas shot a 17-under-apr 343 Sunday – both the lowest round of the day (by four strokes) and the lowest round of the tournament (by seven strokes) – to finish third with a 13-under-par total of 1,067 at the Carmel Cup, played at historic Pebble Beach Golf Links (par 72, 6,828 yards).

No. 2 Oklahoma State won the six-count-five event by one stroke with a 54-hole score of 1,062 over seventh-ranked Oklahoma (1,623). No. 9 Texas Tech was nine shots in arrears of the Razorbacks to finish fourth (1,076) with #6 Vanderbilt (1,079), #14 Georgia (1,080), Mississippi State (1,087) and TCU (1,095) rounding out the eight-team field.

While Perico, Oliva Pinto and Long headlined the final day’s performances, it was Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira and Wil Gibson, each of whom held the lead at one point during over the three days, that led Arkansas with a pair of top 10 finishes.

In fact, all six Razorbacks finished among the top 30 as Perico and Oliva Pinto tied for 17th while Long and Juan Camilo Vesga tied for 27th.

“This was a great way to open the season,” head coach Brad McMakin said. “It was a great team effort from all six players. I was really proud of each and everyone of them this week.”

Fernandez de Oliveira tied for third with a 5-under-par score of 211 (70-68-73). It marked his fourth top 10 finish of his collegiate career and his first-ever, top-five finish. Also, both his score of 211 and finishing 5-under marked his second-best, 54-hole results.

Gibson finished tied for 10th to earn his second career top 10 finish – his first not playing as an individual. The Jonesboro native turned in rounds of 68-75-70 for a 3-under-par 213. It was his best career finish in relation to par as a Razorback. In round one, Gibson birdied six of his last eight holes. After a 3-over 75 in round two, he opened the final round with four birdies over six holes to set the tone for his top 10 finish.

Perico (73-75-67) and Oliva Pinto (74-74-67) each posted six birdies with one bogey to tie three others for the best round of the day with their 5-under 67. The pair each climbed 17 spots to tie for 17th as each carded 54-hole scores of 215 (-1).

Long had five birdies and a bogey to improve 11 places to tie for 27th on the leaderboard by shooting a 4-under 68 in the final round. Vesga, playing in his collegiate debut this week, also tied for 27th thanks to three birdies and two bogeys for a final-round 71.

Up next, the Arkansas men’s and women’s programs will host the second annual Blessings Collegiate Invitational presented by Tyson Foods from Oct. 4-6.

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