MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (4/19/11) – Despite adding only one stroke to its first round total, the Arkansas State women's golf team dropped two places to sixth in the Sun Belt Conference Championship standings after posting a second-round 300 Tuesday on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
The Red Wolves entered today's round in fourth place, but Middle Tennessee and Florida International recorded a 287 and 290, respectively, to climb past the Red Wolves on the second day of the tournament. Although A-State dropped in the standings, it is just seven strokes behind third-place Florida International.
If the Red Wolves remain in sixth place, it would be their best finish at the conference tournament since placing sixth in 2006. The last time ASU finished better than sixth was 2004 when it ended the SBC Championships in fourth place.
After shooting an opening-round 71, Anna Carling came back to card a 74 for the second 18 holes to drop her from tied for second to fifth place. Carling, just one stroke behind four players tied for first place, is still very much in contention to win the tournament title.
Courtney Manning climbed one place in the standings into a tie for 16th place after recording a 75 Tuesday, which matched her first-round score. Aly Seng also improved her standing, cutting two strokes off her first-round total with a 75 today. Seng moved from tied for 31st place to tied for 27th with a combined 152.
Also competing for ASU, Jennifer Loiacano is tied with Seng for 27th place and Jennifer Welch is tied for 31st with a combined 153.
The three-day tournament will conclude Wednesday with the third round.
ARKANSAS STATE RESULTS
Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2--TOTAL)
6, Arkansas State (299-300--599)
5, Anna Carling (71-74--145)
T16, Courtney Manning (75-75--150)
T27, Aly Seng (77-75--152)
T27, Jennifer Loiacano (76-76--152)