ASU Men's Golf finishes 13th at 14th Red Wolf Classic

Jonesboro (ASU) - Hosting the 14th annual Red Wolf Classic, the Arkansas State men's golf team finished its two-day tournament Tuesday at RidgePointe Country Club with a final-round 302 to give it a combined 894 that left it tied for 13th place among 18 teams.

The Red Wolves had two players finish among the top 20, including Kell Shenep and Lloyd du Preez.  Shenep, who was competing as an individual, finished tied for eighth place with a 3-under 213, while Lloyd du Preez turned in an even-par 216 to end up tied for 17th place.

The Red Wolves got off to a sluggish start with a first-round 307 that left them in 17th place, but ended Monday's competition strong with a 285 for the second 18 holes that pushed them up to 12th place.  The Red Wolves turned in the fifth lowest round of the tournament with their 285, which also matched their fourth lowest round of the season.

Shenep carded a second-round 66 that was the lowest by an ASU player this season and the second lowest among all players at the tournament.  He followed with a second-round 74 and posted a 73 for today's round and claimed his highest finish in the standings of the season.

du Preez, one of the top ranked players in the Sun Belt Conference, was tied for 63rd place after shooting a first-round 76, but posted a second-round 69 and shot a 71 today to finish two of the three rounds under par and climb all the way back into the top 20.

"We did a nice job rallying in the second round, but overall we've got to play better," said ASU head coach Steve Johnson.  "I was excited that Lloyd du Preez came back quite a bit and pulled back into the top 20 and obviously glad to see Kell Shenep step up."

Also competing for ASU, Tyler Thompson finished tied for 50th place with a 224, Chris Pledger tied for 61st with a 226, Warren Hood tied for 71st with a 228 and Sawyer Radler 98th with a 240.  Playing as an individual, Matt Howton ended the tournament tied for 80th place with a 230.

Middle Tennessee claimed the tournament title with an 858, while Central Arkansas finished second at 860 and Stephen F. Austin rounded out the top three with an 861.

ASU will next compete at the Sun Belt Conference Championships, scheduled for April 26-28 in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Arkansas State RESULTS

Place, Name (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3--Total)

13, Arkansas State (307-285-302--894)

T8, Kell Shenep (66-74-73--213)

T17, Lloyd du Preez (76-69-71--216)

T50, Tyler Thompson (79-73-72--224)

T61, Chris Pledger (79-73-72--224)

T71, Warren Hood (76-72-80--228)

T80, Matt Howton (79-73-78--230)

98, Sawyer Radler (80-75-85--240)