MOBILE, Al - Sophomore Lloyd du Preez completed the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate in a tie for fifth place and the Arkansas State men's golf team turned in a final-round 311 Tuesday at the Magnolia Grove Golf Club to finish tied for ninth place among the 16 competing teams.
The Red Wolves opened competition Sunday with a 304, came back to post a 302 in Monday's second round and their third-round 311 gave them a combined 917. ASU's second-round 302 matched its second lowest score in six rounds of action this spring. The Red Wolves ended the second round tied for sixth place, but fell three places Tuesday to finish tied with Troy at ninth place.
"This golf course is extremely difficult and it's one of those courses where you can't make a lot of mistakes because there is no place for recovery," said ASU Head Coach Steve Johnson. "We've just got to execute a little better, but I saw some things that show me we're making the strides we need to in order to keep improving."
Arkansas State finished within nine strokes of fifth-place Southern Mississippi, while Mississippi State claimed the title with an 888.
Collecting his second top-10 finish of the season, du Preez ended the tournament with a three-round total of 223 (74-73-76). He shot a 73 for the second 18 holes that was the team's lowest individual single-round score of the tournament. While Illinois State's Joe Emerich won the individual title with a 215, du Preez was within two strokes of third-place finisher Jack Hiluta of South Alabama.
"Lloyd played solid all week," said Johnson. "He's worked really hard between tournaments and it obviously paid off for him. This is a ball-striker's golf course where there's not much bail out and you've got to execute, and that usually plays in Lloyd's favor. We're pleased for Lloyd and maybe this is a sign of more good things to come from him."
Sawyer Radler shot a final-round 75 Tuesday that was not only his best round of the tournament, but the team's low score for the day. He improved his score by five strokes from day one to day three and shot a 78 between the two rounds for a combined 233 that left him tied for 41st place.
Following du Preez and Radler, Tyler Thomspon finished tied for 55th place with a 236, while John Duthie and Kell Shenep both shot a 237 to tie for 61st place.