ASU Women's Golf finishes 8th at ORU Shootout

Tulsa, OK (ASU) – The Arkansas State women's golf team posted a combined 962, including a third-round 324 shot Tuesday, at the Oral Roberts University Shootout to finish the two-day tournament held at the Meadowbrook Golf Course in eighth place among 17 teams.

The Red Wolves followed up their 320 recorded for the opening 18 holes with a second-round 318 that was their lowest score of the tournament.  ASU finished the first round tied for eighth place with Southern Illinois before completing Monday's first two rounds in sole possession of the spot.

"This was a good field and the conditions were good, but we just didn't manage to make enough pars throughout the tournament," said ASU head coach M.J. Desbiens.  "The course wasn't especially difficult, we just had too many bogies and weren't as competitive as we should have been.  There were some bright spots overall too.  Jennifer (Welch) played well today, especially on the back nine."

Jennifer Welch collected her second top-25 finish over ASU's first three tournaments, ending the ORU Shootout tied for 24th place with a team-best 236.  Welch ended the first day of competition tied for 29th place, but posted a final-round 78 to move up five spots in the final standings.  She posted a second-round 77 for the lowest score by an ASU player at the tournament.

Following Welch for ASU, Anna Carling finished in 39th place with a 241, Jennifer Loiacano tied for 40th place with a 242, Courtney Manning tied for 46th place with a 244 and Aly Seng tied for 61st place with a 252.

Tulsa shot a 908 to claim the tournament title and host-school Oral Roberts finished second with a 917, while Sam Houston State and UTEP tied for third place with a 924.

The Red Wolves now return to Jonesboro to host the Lady Red Wolf Classic, set for Oct. 11-12 at the Sage Meadows Country Club.


Place, Name (RD1-RD 2-RD 3--TOTAL)

8, Arkansas State (320-318-324--962)

T24, Jennifer Welch (81-77-78--236)

39, Anna Carling (80-78-83--241)

T40, Jennifer Loiacano (78-83-81--242)

T46, Courtney Manning (81-80-83--244)

T61, Aly Seng (84-86-82--252)

*88, Anna Flanrey (95-86-89--270)

*Competed as an individual