ASU’s du Preez Finishes 8th at Squire Creek Classic

Choudrant, La. - The Arkansas State men's golf team shot a final-round 295 Tuesday and completed the two-day Squire Creek Classic in 13th place with a combined 896, while Lloyd du Preez shot a two-under par 214 that placed him eighth in the final individual standings.

du Preez shot under par in two of the three rounds, including an opening-round 71 and a team-best 70 for the final round.  The junior standout turned in a three-round score under par and finished among the top-10 players for the fourth consecutive tournament, dating back to last season.

"I'm obviously glad for Lloyd," said ASU head coach Steve Johnson.  "Lloyd didn't have an exceptionally good week, but still finished in the top 10 and that shows the type of caliber player he is."

Also competing for ASU, Warren Hood finished tied for 36th with a 222, Chris Pledger tied for 64th with a 230, Tyler Thompson 73rd with a 232 and Kell Shenep tied for 78th with a 235.

The Red Wolves opened play with a 307, but came back to cut 13 strokes off that total in the second round Monday.  New Orleans claimed the tournament title with an 854,  while Southeastern Louisiana finished second with an 863 and Middle Tennessee third with an 867.

Following Middle Tennessee in the 16-team field were Rice (869), Sam Houston State (879), Louisiana Tech (882), South Alabama (882), Stephen F. Austin (883), Jacksonville State (885), Southern Mississippi (886), UALR (887), Louisiana Tech Blue (887), Arkansas State (896), North Texas (899), UNC Greensboro (908) and Troy (920).

"We got off to a slow start and never quite recovered," said Johnson.  "We had some of the fastest greens we've faced so far, which were difficult to prepare for with the courses in our area going through aerification the past couple of weeks.  This was a bump in the road, but now we just have to put it behind us and get ready for the next one."

The Red Wolves will next compete at the Memphis Intercollegiate, scheduled for Oct. 19-20.

Arkansas State Results
Place, Name (R1-R2-R3--Total)
13, Arkansas State (307-294-295--896)
8, Lloyd du Preez (71-73-70--214)
T36, Warren Hood (79-71-72--222)
T64, Chris Pledger (79-76-75--230)
73, Tyler Thompson (78-76-78--232)
T78, Kell Shenep (83-74-78--235)