CALHOUN COUNTY, Ala. (9/7/09) - The Arkansas State women's golf team cut 13 strokes off its first round score, but remained in fifth place at the Chris Banister Classic after posting a second-round 305 Monday at the par-72, 5,943-yard Silver Lakes on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
Competing in their first tournament of the season, the Red Wolves posted the third lowest score of the day and have a combined 623 for the first two rounds. ASU trails fourth-place Indiana State by eight strokes, while Lamar leads the eight-team field with a 596. Host-school Jacksonville State is in second place with a 605 and Louisiana-Monroe moved up to third place with a 610.
All four competing golfers for the Red Wolves matched or improved their first-round score and moved up in the individual standings. Sophomore Jennifer Welch posted a 76 for the second straight day and moved up into a tie for 10th place to lead ASU over the first two rounds.
Adrian Sportsman shot a 75 Tuesday, which is the lowest single-round score at the tournament by an ASU player. Sportsman's 75 helped the junior move from tied for 24th place into a tie for 15th place with a combined 156. Cassie Huffer moved up two places after shooting a second-round 78 and is now tied for 18th place with a 158. Courtney Blevins cut seven strokes off her first-round score, turning in a 76 for the second 18 holes to jump from tied for 34th place to tied for 20th place.
The three-day tournament concludes Tuesday with the third round. Arkansas State Results Place, Name (R1-R2--Total) 5, Arkansas State (318-305--623) T10, Jennifer Welch (76-76--152) T15, Adrian Sportsman (81-75--156) T18, Cassie Huffer (80-78--158) T20, Courtney Blevins (83-76--159) DQ, Anna Carling (81)