Choudrant, LA (ASU) – The Arkansas State men's golf team shot a final-round 316 Tuesday at the Louisiana Tech Squire Creek Classic, completing the two-day tournament at the Squire Creek Country Club tied for 10th place among 12 teams with a combined 925.
The Red Wolves completed each of the first two rounds played Monday in 10th place as well, posting a 308 for the opening 18 holes before coming back to record a team-best 301 for the second round. ASU finished the tournament ranked sixth in par-3 scoring and ninth in both par-4 and par-5 scoring.
"We are starting to see a different guy playing well every week, and now we just have to start putting it together and playing well as a team," said ASU head coach Steve Johnson. "These were the fastest greens our guys have seen in their careers and by far some of the fastest greens I've seen in 17 years as a college coach. I thought they adjusted as well as they could, but it wasn't something we could prepare for at home with the tremendous heat this summer around the majority of the courses."
A-State was led by newcomer Cory Williamson, who finished tied for 22nd place with a combined 227. The junior transfer posted a first-round 70 that was the lowest of the tournament by an ASU player, but came back to record a 77 and 80 for the second and third rounds, respectively.
"I was pleased with the way Cory played," said Johnson. "He played exceptionally well the first round and struggled a little today, but I was glad to see that we have three to four guys that can crack the top 20 anytime they go out. Everyone has got that kind of round in them, and now we just have to get everyone hitting on all cylinders. We'll battle back, make those adjustments and get ready for next week."
Lloyd du Preez, who recorded a team-best 4.17 average in par-4 scoring, finished tied for 28th place with a 229 that included a low round of 73. His second-round 73 matched Chris Pledger's second-round score as well for the second lowest on the team. Pledger followed du Preez in a tie for 42nd place with a combined 233 while leading ASU in par-3 scoring with a 3.08 average and in total pars with 33.
Chance Holden finished tied for 51st place with a 240 and Warren Hood tied for 62nd place with a 245.
Host-school Louisiana Tech claimed the tournament title with an 874, while Southeastern Louisiana finished second with an 875 and Jacksonville State third with an 894. The Red Wolves finished tied with Troy at 10th place.
The Red Wolves return to action Oct. 11-12 at the Mizuno Savannah Intercollegiate, hosted by Georgia Southern.
ARKANSAS STATE RESULTS
Place, Name (RD1-RD 2--TOTAL)
T10, Arkansas State (308-301-316--925)
T22, Cory Williamson (70-77-80--227)
T28, Lloyd du Preez (81-73-75--229)
T42, Chris Pledger (79-73-81--233)
T51, Chance Holden (78-82-80--240)