ASU leads Lady Red Wolf Classic

JONESBORO, Ark. (10/12/09) - By shooting a combined 612 after the first two rounds of the Lady Red Wolf Classic, the Arkansas State women's golf team leads the tournament, eight strokes ahead of the second-place finisher.

ASU had five players finish in the top-20 finishers Monday at the Lady Red Wolf Classic hosted by the Jonesboro Country Club. The course is a 5,983-yard par 71. Arkansas State turned in single-round totals of 304 and 308 during day one.

"Obviously we had the desire to win, it has been 10-years since Arkansas State has won this women's golf tournament that we host. We still haven't played as well as we expect to play at home, but sometimes the home advantage isn't much of one if you let it be a pressure situation instead of a positive," said Arkansas State head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm. "I am really pleased that we are in the lead but anything can happen so we have to come out tomorrow and shoot better than 304 if we want to win the tournament."

ASU senior Cassie Huffer leads the field with a combined 149 (75, 74) finishing the day at seven-over, while Red Wolves sophomore Jennifer Welch sits in second-place after shooting a combined 150 (74, 76) to finish the day at eight-over.

"Cassie has put two good rounds together and I look forward to her to continue that trend tomorrow. The individual medalist award is named after her grandfather. so I know there is a fire under her to get that as well," said Brown-Lemm. "I for see all of our girls getting in a line and getting it done tomorrow."

ASU's Adrian Sportsman finished day one in a tie for 15th - place at 156, Anna Carling in a tie at 17th at 157 and Courtney Blevins at 164, in a tie at 40th.

Red Wolves freshman Jennifer Loiacano sits tied for fourth at 10-over, leading the individual competition after posting a 152 (74, 78) on the day.

The third and final round of the Lady Red Wolves Classic begins Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. with a shotgun start at the Jonesboro Country Club.