The Gate May 2019 - Page 12

ALUMNI NEWS BGGA’S JULIAN PERICO: THE FIBER OF A CHAMPION The last time the University of Arkansas dominated the SEC Men’s Golf Championship was in 1995. Now, in the hands of BGGA Alumni Julian Perico, Arkansas reached glory again after 24 years. The impressive field at Sea Island Golf Club witnessed Perico’s excellence. The Peruvian was the only one from the Arkansas Razorback’s team who managed to win his three match play contests. Arkansas won the title after beating Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals, Texas A&M in the semifinals and Auburn in the final. “This is a very close group, perhaps the closest one I have trained. They really worked hard in the last two months and showed this weekend what I thought they were capable of doing this season,” said Razorback’s coach Brad McMakin. fourth A-10 crown in seven seasons and first since 2016. Peng was in contention for an individual title for much of the day and shot 69 Sunday. He finished tied for second at 5-under. Ian T@ with 74-68-69=211. Next up for Ian is the NCAA Golf Regionals May 13-15. Best of luck Ian! BGGA ALUMNI PENG PUSHES RAMS INTO A-10 CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD Freshman Ian Peng fired a second-round 70 to lead VCU to and eighth-place finish at the rain-soaked Stitch Intercollegiate at MacGregor Downs Country Club. Peng shot 75 and 70 in consecutive rounds to become VCU’s top “I do not know how to describe how I feel. We had a very mediocre season. We entered the post season with our heads up and won SEC, which is an incredible achievement. The SEC is the most competitive golfing conference, without a doubt. Giving my university triumph after 24 years is incredible,” said Perico. Perico said he is focused to support his team with the best weapons he has. “The coaches recruited me to play well and I helped them win tournaments. It’s my job, basically. If I’m not helping the team, I’m not doing my job well. I am very focused lately, trying to have every part of my game at the best possible level and trying to enjoy every day,” he added. finisher for the second time this spring. He kicked off his second round with a birdie on hole No. 13, a 404-yard par 4 Peng carded six birdies in all in the second round and leaped from 48th in the individual standings to a 24th-place finish. Perico and Arkansas will undertake a next challenge in the NCAA Regionals, May 13-15. Congratulations and Good Luck to One of Our Own, Julian Perico! SPOTTED ON CAMPUS! VCU CAPTURES 2019 ATLANTIC 10 CHAMPIONSHIP, AND IAN PENG EARNS MOST OUTSTANDING ROOKIE PERFORMER AND ALL- CONFERENCE HONORS. Three Rams shot 69 or better, including BGGA alumni and freshman Ian Peng, as VCU outlasted Davidson to claim the 2019 Atlantic 10 Conference title by two strokes. It’s VCU’s 12 THE GATE | MAY 2019 PGA Junior Champions from Shanghai