JONESBORO, Ark. (ASU) - The Arkansas State men's golf team will host the 14th annual Red Wolf Classic April 12-13 on the RidgePointe Country Club's 6,565-yard, par-72 golf course in Jonesboro.
The two-day tournament will feature the second annual Wayne Wolfe College AM, set for Sunday at 1:15 p.m., before the first round of competition begins Monday at 8:00 a.m. with a shotgun start. The second round will immediately follow the first on Monday, and the third and final round will begin at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday.
Live scoring will be used for the tournament and can be viewed at GolfStat.com. Tournament results will also be posted on AStateRedWolves.com, the official Web site of ASU athletics.
"We are very excited to once again host our home event," said ASU head coach Steve Johnson. "The staff at RidgePointe has done a great job getting the course ready for the tournament, which wouldn't be possible without the tremendous support from our sponsors."
The field features 18 teams from eight different states, including Arkansas, Alabama, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. In addition to Arkansas State, the competing teams are UALR, Austin Peay State, Central Arkansas, DePaul, Illinois State, Jacksonville State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Meridian Community College, Middle Tennessee, UMKC, Missouri State, Stephen F. Austin, Southern Illinois, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Troy and UT Martin.
"These teams look forward to the event every year due to the outstanding hospitality shown by the Jonesboro community," said Johnson.
The field also includes three teams ranked among the top 100 nationally by GolfStat.com and 10 ranked in the top 150. ASU enters the tournament with the fifth highest ranking at No. 105. Middle Tennessee is currently listed 41st, Illinois State 91st, UALR 98th and Stephen F. Austin 101st. Meridian Community College is the ninth ranked team in the nation among NJCAA teams by GolfState.com as well.
ASU, which finished as the tournament runner-up each of the last two years, will be looking to win the Red Wolf Classic for the first time since 2002. Senior Tyler Thompson took home medalist honors in 2008 as a sophomore and returns as one of three ASU golfers to ever win the individual tournament championship.
The Red Wolves will be competing in their 10th tournament of the season and have two outings remaining, including the Red Wolf Classic, before competing in the Sun Belt Conference Championships April 26-28.
ASU has collected six top-10 finishes this season, including a best of second place at the Jackrabbit Invitational played in Primm, Nev. March 15-16. The Red Wolves are led by junior Lloyd du Preez, who carries a team-best 72.12 average. du Preez has five top-10 finishes, including the last two tournaments played where he finished among the top five players. He enters the tournament ranked No. 139 in the nation by GolfStat.com, the second highest among players that will be competing in next week's event. Only Louisiana-Lafayette's Philipp Fendt is ranked higher at No. 117.
Among the competing teams, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Austin Peay State and Illinois State all return as previous Red Wolf Classic champions. The Red Wolves have won the tournament five times, while Louisiana-Lafayette claimed the championship last year, Austin Peay State in 2008 and Illinois State in 2005.
Local amateurs from the tournament's major sponsors will be paired with different student-athletes from the competing teams for a single round during the collegiate-amateur dedicated to the late Wayne Wolfe, who was the long-time senior vice president of marketing and business development at Liberty Bank of Arkansas and a key figure in the founding of the Red Wolf Classic.