The Razorback golf teams swept the Blessings Collegiate Invitational last week in Fayetteville. Graduate senior Luke Long took home the men’s individual title for the Hogs, shooting an 11-under-par 205. Junior Mateo Fernandez de Oliviera tied for second in the individual standings, three strokes behind Long.
The women’s team won its second straight team title. Redshirt senior Brooke Matthews won the individual title with a four-under-par 212 and the combined best ball bracket with Fernandez de Oliviera.
The Razorbacks led from day one on. The men shot a 10-under-par 278 Monday, getting out to a seven-stroke lead. Long shot a 5-under-par 67 with teammates Fernandez de Oliviera and senior Segundo Oliva Pinto each shooting a 69, which tied the two for second.
The women’s team finished the first day of competition in second place at 6-over. Matthews shot a 71, which put her two strokes off the lead, and sophomore Cory Lopez was just one stroke behind Matthews.
Fernandez de Oliviera led the individual race with a bogey-free front nine. Long warmed up on the back nine with birdies on holes 14, 15 and 16. Fernandez de Oliviera and Oliva Pinto each bogeyed in the 16th hole.
After day two, the Razorback men were still in first place, but their lead shrunk to one stroke. They shot a 287 while Illinois shot 280, the best score of the day, and leapfrogged Ole Miss into second place.
Arkansas fell to third place after two bogeys and a double on hole 17, but Long, senior Julian Perico and junior Wil Gibson each birdied hole 18, giving the Hogs a one-stroke lead.
Long shot another 67 and added one stroke to his lead in the individual standings. Fernandez de Oliviera shot a 71 and fell to ninth place on day two while Oliva Pinto shot 5-over and dropped to 21st.
Freshman John Daly II had the second-best individual round of day two for Arkansas, shooting a 68 while playing as an individual.
The women’s team shot a tournament-record 14-under Tuesday. Matthews led the way, shooting a 6-under-par 66. The Razorbacks jumped out in front with an 11-stroke advantage.
Day three started off rough for the Hogs. Three bogeys and a double on the first hole dropped them back to third place for the second time in three holes, going back to day two. Fernandez de Oliviera took over from there, making five birdies over the next six holes. Oliva Pinto also had four birdies over a five-hole span on the front nine.
Back-to-back bogeys for Long and a hole-in-one for Fernandez de Oliviera brought him within one stroke of Long for the lead after 14 holes.
Long chipped in an eagle on the 15th and held on to secure the individual title by three strokes. He shot a 71 on day three and finished with an 11-under-par 205.
The Arkansas men finished with a 13-stroke victory and a final score of 846 for a -18. Illinois shot 9-over on the final day of the tournament and fell to fourth place. Arizona shot a 282 on day three and jumped from sixth place to runner-up.
The women shot a 286 on day three, stretching their lead to 19 strokes. They finished the tournament with a nine-under-par 855 and were the only team under par.
Arkansas is competing in its next event, SEC Match Play, which began Sunday and runs through Tuesday at Shoal Creek Club in Birmingham, Alabama.