JONESBORO (ASU) – The Arkansas State women's golf team opened its 2011-12 season Monday at the Dale McNamara Invitational, posting a 315 to finish the three-day tournament's first round in 14th place among 15 competing teams.
The Red Wolves trail Southern Miss by only one stroke and are within seven of ninth-place UCF, while Arizona State recorded a 280 to end the day with a 14-stroke lead over second-place Oklahoma State. Middle Tennessee is in third place with a 294.
A-State was led by senior Jennifer Welch, who carded a 4-over par 76 to end the day tied for 26th place. Junior Anna Carling, last year's Sun Belt Conference Championships medalist, completed the first round tied for 31st place with a 77 to join Welch among the top 50 leaders.
Courtney Manning ended her freshman year in 2011 by collecting three top-10 finishes over the Red Wolves last five tournaments, but currently stands tied for 58th place at the Dale McNamara after shooting an 80. Also competing for A-State, junior Jennifer Loiacano is tied for 67th place and freshman Jelena Latinovic is in 75th with a 91.
The Red Wolves will continue competition at the Dale McNamara tomorrow with the tournament's second round.
ARKANSAS STATE RESULTS
Place, Name (RD 1)
T26, Jennifer Welch (76)
T31, Anna Carling (77)
T58, Courtney Manning (80)
T67, Jennifer Loiacano (82)