Jonesboro (ASU) – The Arkansas State women's golf team picked up its second tournament championship of the season Tuesday, winning the Lady Red Wolf Classic for the second consecutive year with a combined 911 to edge out Murray State by one stroke for the title.
A-State, which also won the Chip-N Club Invitational to start the year, has now won two tournaments during the same season for the first time since the 2001-02 campaign when it claimed three championships. ASU's score for each round at the Sage Meadows Country Club rank among its top five for the season, including its first-round 298 that is its second lowest.
The Red Wolves followed their opening-round 298 with a 304 yesterday to finish the tournament's opening day nine strokes ahead of Murray State. However, Murray State shot a third-round 301 to ASU's 309 to make it close down the stretch on Tuesday.
"It's always a great feeling being home and playing in front of your fans and parents, and going home with a win is incredible, especially when everyone plays well," said ASU head coach M.J. Desbiens. "Today was tough and I think that shows there is definitely a little bit of pressure that is created when you're in the lead, but every time you put yourself in that position it only makes you better."
ASU's Jennifer Welch earned individual-runner up honors to lead the Red Wolves and pick up her best finish of the season. Welch shot a 75 for the first and third rounds and a season-best 71 for the second 18 holes to end the tournament with a 221, just two strokes behind medalist Alex Lennartsson of Murray State.
Joining Welch among the top 10 leaders for ASU were Anna Carling and Jennifer Loiacano, who finished third and tied for sixth, respectively. Carling carded a first-round 69 that was not only the lowest of the tournament among all players, but also the lowest of her career. She came back to score a 78 for yesterday's final round and shot a 77 today to give her a combined 224. Loiacano ended the tournament with her best round, a 75, after recording a 77 and 79 yesterday to end with a 231.
Aly Seng recorded her best finish of the year, completing the tournament in a tie for 13th place with a 237. Courtney Manning rounded out the ASU players competing as part of the team, shooting a 240 to finish in 16th place.
Competing as individuals for the Red Wolves, Clara Tefteller finished 24th with a 252, Anna Flanrey tied for 25th with a 255, Alyssa Goodin 31st with a 262 and Claire Woosley 33rd with a 268.
The Red Wolves will next compete at the University of Memphis Women's Fall Invitational, set for Oct. 25-26 at the Ridgeway Country Club.
ARKANSAS STATE RESULTS
Place, Name (RD1-RD 2--TOTAL)
1, Arkansas State (298-304-309--911)
2, Jennifer Welch (75-71-75--221)
3, Anna Carling (69-78-77--224)
T6, Jennifer Loiacano (77-79-75--231)
T13, Aly Seng (77-78-82--237)
16, Courtney Manning (79-77-84--240)
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*24, Clara Tefteller (86-84-82--252)
*T25, Anna Flanrey (83-82-90--255)
*31, Alyssa Goodin (86-82-94--262)
*33, Claire Woosley (84-99-85--268)