NORMAN, Oklahoma – Challenging conditions including a lightening delay pushed the No. 15 University of Arkansas men’s golf team down the leaderboard in round two of the 2018 NCAA Norman Regional Championship at Jimmie Austin Golf Course on Tuesday.
Players battled winds gusting from 13 miles per hour up to 32 miles per hour throughout the day and were delayed more than an hour near the end of the round after lightening occurred in the area.
The Razorbacks slipped from a tie for second place on Monday into 10th place in second-round action.
The top five teams from each of six regional sites move on to the NCAA Championship later this month.
Arkansas is just eight shots back of the cutline with one round remaining.
Senior Alvaro Ortiz shaved three shots off his round one total moving up two spots on the leaderboard.
He finished the day 1-under shooting a 71 with three birdies and two bogeys.
Ortiz is tied for 26 overall with a 1-over 145 (74-71).
Tyson Reeder also bettered his first-round score shooting an even-par 72.
Reeder counted two birdies and two bogeys on Tuesday moving up eight spots to a tie for 43 overall with one round to play.
Luis Garza, Mason Overstreet and William Buhl combined for seven birdies on the day. Garza is tied for 37 with 147. Overstreet and Buhl are tied with Reeder in 43rd place with a two-round 148.
Host No. 3 Oklahoma remains at the top of the leaderboard and is in the clubhouse with a 9-under 567.
The top five teams include No. 33 Pepperdine who led the field with a 14-under round. The Waves are second with a 569.
No. 27 North Florida is third shooting 571.
SEC member No. 10 Auburn and No. 39 BYU are tied for fourth with 573.
T26 Alvaro Ortiz 74–71—145 +1
T37 Luis Garza 73–74—147 +3
T43 Mason Overstreet 72–76—148 +4
T43 William Buhl 69–79—148 +4
T43 Tyson Reeder 76–72—148 +4