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SEC Golfers of the Week: October 19

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GOLFER OF THE WEEK

 Julian Perico, Arkansas

  • Tied for 4th at the Jackson T. Stephens Cup with rounds of 69-68-70 for a 9-under, 54-hole score of 207.
  • His 68 tied a season low but his 4-under in relation to par (par 72) was his best round.
  • His 17 birdies over 54 holes ranked second in the field while he tied for the field lead with two eagles.
  • It marked his third top 20 in his four fall events and his first top 5 since spring of 2020.
  • The 7-team field (42 golfers) featured 12 of the top 50 in the WAGR.
  • Tied World #11 Austin Greaser (North Carolina) for 4th and defeated world: #5 Michael Thorbjornsen (Stanford) #7 Dylan Menante (North Carolina) #10 Michael Vick (Texas) Teammate and #28 Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira (Arkansas)

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

 Antonio Safa, Missouri

  • Led the Tigers by placing fourth at the Quail Valley Championship.
  • Recorded his second-straight top-five finish in just his third collegiate tournament.
  • Tied for the lowest tournament score by a Tiger this year with a 203, which also ranks as the 11th-best 54-hole score in school history.
  • Improved his score in each round - shooting 13 under with a 69-68-66. Carded 16 birdies during the three rounds in addition to his first collegiate eagle.

WOMEN

GOLFER OF THE WEEK

 Jensen Castle, Kentucky

  • Castle, a senior from West Columbia, South Carolina, won the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational at the Governors Club Golf Course this week.
  • It marked the first medalist honor of her collegiate career. In the process, she helped Kentucky win back-to-back tournament championships, topping the 14-team field at the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational, exactly one week after topping the 15-team field at the Illini Women's Invitational.
  • Castle was the top UK finisher in both tournaments.
  • This week, Castle put together rounds of 74, 67 and 68 for a 54-hole tournament total of 7-under-par 209.
  • In fact, Castle jumped 20 players on the individual leaderboard in order to finish in first place, sitting at tied for 20th place after the first round and tied for seventh place after the second round.
  • Her 209 marked the fourth-best tournament total in her career.
  • The senior made 13 birdies for the event, including three straight birdies to kick off the final round Tuesday.
  • She completed her charge to the top of the individual leaderboard with an eagle on her 53rd hole, the par-5, No. 17 (510 yards).
  • A one-hole playoff was necessary to break a tie between Castle and Duke's Phoebe Brinker, with Castle emerging victorious after making par to Brinker's bogey on No. 9 (par 3, 163 yards).
  • Castle has recorded under-par tournament totals in three of four events this fall. Meanwhile, she has recorded five rounds in the 60s so far this season. That is 41.7 percent of her rounds in 2022-23 (5-of-12).

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

 Taylor Kehoe, Alabama

  • Kehoe shined throughout The Ally, as she tied for fifth overall with a 54-hole total of 1-over par 217 (72-74-71).
  • Not only was it a season-best finish, but she also recorded personal best marks for 18 holes (71), 36 holes (146) and 54 holes in the event. Kehoe led the field in par 3 scoring (-2, 2.83) and ranked in a tie for third in par 5 average (-2, 4.83).
  • Kehoe's 38 pars were second-best in the field while her eight birdies matched Kynadie Adams for the most on the team.
  • The Strathroy, Ontario, native was the only golfer in the Tide's lineup to score par or better, doing so in the first (E, 72) and third (-1, 71) rounds.