Razorbacks post lowest rounds of year at ‘Bearcat’

PHOTO BY RAZORBACK SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS

CINCINNATI, Ohio. — No. 19 Arkansas used 38 birdies and one eagle on Monday to fire its two lowest rounds of the year and sit in second place at the Bearcat Invitational at Coldstream Country Club.

The Razorbacks are holding strong against some of the best teams in the nation, as No. 7 Kentucky leads the way at 21-under, while Arkansas is lurking at 17-under. Ohio State (-14), Mississippi State (-13) and No. 17 Illinois (-12) round out the top five.

Arkansas will tee off Tuesday morning looking for consecutive team victories for the first time in six years, and seeking multiple wins in a season for the second straight year and the sixth time in the last eight seasons.

RELATED:   Benton plays to runner-up at Arizona event

Alvaro Ortiz continues his torrid pace this fall, recording a pair of 4-under 67’s to sit T-4th overall at 8-under par. He rolled in nine birdies on the day, including five during the afternoon round. Ortiz goes for his third straight top 10 finish of the year on Tuesday and his second collegiate victory.

RELATED:   Benton plays to runner-up at Arizona event

Mason Overstreet finds himself in the top 10 again after a 4-under 67 in the morning round and a 1-under 70 in the afternoon. He rolled home nine birdies on the day and has four consecutive rounds under par.

William Buhl and Dylan Naidoo are tied for 25th overall at even par, while Luis Garza (T29) and Charles Kim (T49) round out the team.

Arkansas will tee off Tuesday morning at 8:35 a.m. with Ohio State and Kentucky.

Razorback Lineup Day 1 Results

T4. Alvaro Ortiz 67-67—134 (-8)
T10. Mason Overstreet 67-70—137 (-5)
T25. William Buhl 70-73—142 (E)
T25. Dylan Naidoo 74-68—142 (E)
T29. Luis Garza 75-68—143 (+1)
T49. Charles Kim 74-72—146 (+4)

RELATED:   Benton plays to runner-up at Arizona event

Bearcat Invitational Day 1 Results

1. Kentucky 278-269—547 (-21)
2. Arkansas 378-273—551 (-17)
3. Ohio State 283-271—554 (-14)
4. Mississippi State 279-276—555 (-13)
5. Illinois 275-281—556 (-12)
6. Middle Tennessee 283-276—559 (-9)
7. Louisville 278-284—562 (-6)
T8. Cincinnati 287-281—568 (E)
T8. Michigan State 286-282—568 (E)
10. Akron 292-277—569 (+1)
T11. Xavier 294-282—576 (+8)
T11. College of Charleston 292-284—576 (+8)