HATTIESBURG, Miss. (9/15/09) - Led by junior Lloyd du Preez's third-place finish, the Arkansas State men's golf team completed its first tournament of the 2009-10 season, the Sam H. Hall Intercollegiate, in fourth place on Tuesday with a three-round 854.
The Red Wolves finished the opening round on Monday with a 280, its lowest single-round score since the 2007-08 season, before the second round was suspended due to darkness. ASU continued its second round this morning, posting a 283, and then came back to record a 291 for the final round.
"We played well and had our chances to win the tournament, but we let a lot of shots go and didn't capitalize on some of our opportunities," said ASU head coach Steve Johnson. "I saw some good things and some stuff we need to work on. We are in the leader group more and more every tournament, starting back at the end of the last spring with the Red Wolf Classic and on into the conference tournament and now the first tournament this season. So, it's starting to become more and more frequent and hopefully we'll start to get more comfortable there."
Southeastern Louisiana claimed the tournament championship with an 845, while Memphis and New Orleans tied for second place among the 15-team field with an 846.
The Red Wolves had four golfers score par or better in at least one round, including du Preez all three rounds. The junior standout posted a pair of 68's for each of the first two rounds and a 69 for the final 18 holes, finishing 8-under par at 205.His 205 was his best three-round score of his career at ASU and he has now finished in the top three in four career tournaments.
du Preez finished just two strokes behind tournament champion Jeff Karlsson of Kennesaw State.
"I'm obviously very happy about the way Lloyd played," said Johnson. "He suffered a severe foot injury late last week, but our training staff did an excellent job with his treatment and it obviously paid off. This is a great start in the right direction at the beginning of the season, not only for Lloyd but for the team as well."
Senior Tyler Thompson jumped from tied for 56th place at the end of round one to tied for 31st place in the final standings, cutting seven strokes off his opening 75 in the second round and shooting a 73 in the third round for a combined 216.
du Preez and Thompson were followed by Kell Shenep in a tie for 45th place with a 219 (71-73-75), Chris Pledger in a tie for 54th place with a 220 (68-76-76) and Warren Hood in a tie for 57th place with a 221 (73-74-74). Pledger's first-round 68 was the best of his career.
ASU will next compete at the Mason Rudolph Championship, hosted by Vanderbilt Sept. 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.
Arkansas State Results
Place, Name (R1-R2-R3--Total)
4, Arkansas State (280-283-291--854)
3, Lloyd du Preez (68-68-69--205)
T31, Tyler Thompson (75-68-73--216)
T45, Kell Shenep (71-73-75--219)
T54, Chris Pledger (68-76-76--220)
T57, Warren Hood (73-74-74--221)