Inaugural Stephen's Cup Luke Long

Graduate senior Luke Long placed 15th overall for the Arkansas men's golf team, who earned a second place finish at the inaugural Jackson T. Stephens Cup.

The No. 2 Arkansas men’s golf team placed second and the No. 3 women’s team earned third place at the inaugural Jackson T. Stephens Cup in Roland this week.   

After starting round one with a slide to last place, the women’s team climbed back up to second in round two at 18-over-par. At the end of day one, juniors Kajal Mistry and Ela Anacona led the Hogs at 4-over and tied for fifth. Sophomore Cory Lopez tied for ninth at 6-over. 

After the third and final round of stroke play, the women finished tied for third after being surpassed by South Carolina. Lopez began round three 2-over, but climbed back to even to earn fifth place. Anacona and Mistry stayed tied through the third round, and ended at 11th. Junior Julia Gregg and sophomore Miriam Ayora rounded out stroke play for the Hogs, finishing tied for 14th and tied for 18th, respectively. 

With their third-place finish, the Hogs earned the right to play Ole Miss. Mistry was the only Razorback to win her match, beating Natacha Husted by four strokes. Gregg and Lopez tied both of their matches, and Anacona and Ayora fell to the Rebels in theirs. The Hogs finished match play 1-2-2 against the reigning national champions.

Through the first two rounds of stroke play, the men were in fourth place. Junior Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira dropped shots on holes 11 and 12 after briefly leading at 5-under-par. Fernandez de Oliveira fought back with four pars and a birdie to end the day 6-under-par overall, and second place in the match. 

Through round three, Fernandez de Oliveira was tied for second overall and finished 2-under par for the third straight round. On the back nine, he shot three consecutive pars before back-to-back birdies on the 13th and 14th holes.

At the end of regulation, Fernandez de Oliveira and Notre Dame’s Palmer Jackson were tied for first and headed to a playoff that went three holes, before Fernandez de Oliveira secured the victory with a 10-foot par putt.

Redshirt freshman Juan Camilo Vesga tied for eighth place, graduate senior Luke Long tied for 15th, senior Segundo Oliva Pinto tied for 20th and junior Will Gibson took 25th to round out the men’s team’s second-place finish. 

In match play, the men’s team faced off against Notre Dame as the top two seeds. The first match was tied until the 18th green, when Notre Dame’s Taichi Kho made a bogey over Oliva Pinto to put the Fighting Irish up 1-0. 

Vesga took a back-and-forth second match to put the Hogs on the board, but Davis Chatfield claimed a victory over Long to put the Irish up 2-1 in match three. Notre Dame closed out match play from there, boasting defeats over Oliveira and Gibson in matches four and five. 

Next up for Razorback golf, the men’s team will play at the Arizona Intercollegiate Tournament in Tucson, Arizona, Jan. 24, and the women’s team will compete at The Ally at Old Waverly in West Point, Mississippi, on Monday.

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