Hogs fail to play per game at SEC Championships
Posted: Saturday April 23rd 2022
The University of Arkansas couldn’t make up the rest of the field on Friday and failed to advance to the match play segment of the SEC Men’s Golf Championships at Sea Island Golf Club on the island. of St. Simons, Georgia.
The No. 10 Razorbacks posted a 7-of-287 in the final round to finish in 10th place, seven strokes away from forcing a playoff for last place in the top eight.
No. 3 Vanderbilt held off challenges from Florida’s No. 16, Texas A&M’s No. 19 and LSU’s No. 25 to grab the top seed for match play on the par-70 layout. The Commodores went 3 under on Friday and finished stroke play at 16 under. The Aggies shot 7 under Friday and were second at 13 under, followed by the Gators (-12) and LSU (-9).
The biggest drama of the day came in the fight for eighth place, where Mississippi State held off Auburn by one stroke after the Tigers drew a 9-for-5 final round for the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State will face Vanderbilt in the first of two rounds of match play this morning. The other pairs: 2-seeded Texas A&M vs. 7-seeded Tennessee (+3); 3-seeded Florida vs. 6-seeded Georgia (even); and 4-seeded LSU to 5-seeded Missouri (-1).
Florida junior John Dubois, who shot a 6-under 64 on Thursday to get into the run, took medalist honors with a 6-under, fending off Vanderbilt freshman Gordon Sargent in one shot. Vanderbilt’s Cole Sherwood and LSU’s Cohen Trolio are tied for third at 4 under, and six golfers are tied for fifth at 3 under.
The Razorbacks’ top finisher was Jonesboro junior Wil Gibson, who shot a 69 on Friday to reach 2 points and a tie for 25th.
Defending individual champion Segundo Oliva Pinto had an eventful day with four birdies and two double bogeys en route to a 72 that left senior Arkansas 3-point and tied for 34th.
Junior Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira posted a final round 71 and finished at 4, tied for 39th. Fayetteville seniors Luke Long and Julian Perico each shot 75 on Friday, with Long tied for 42nd at 5 over and Perico tied for 52nd at 8 over.
The Razorbacks will await their NCAA regional destination at one of six venues hosted by Alabama, Florida Atlantic, Ohio State, Pacific, Texas A&M and Yale.
The quarterfinals and semifinals of match play will be played today at 6:30 a.m. Central and 12:15 a.m. Central, with the championship game scheduled for Sunday at 7 a.m. Central.