ASU Men's Golf climbs four places in final standings at Amelia National Intercollegiate

From Arkansas State

The Arkansas State men's golf team turned in its best performance of the Amelia National Intercollegiate on Tuesday, posting a final-round 296 as it climbed four places in the final standings into a tie for 10th place with a combined 908 for the two-day tournament.

The Red Wolves' final round 296 was not only its best of the tournament, but also the fourth lowest score of the day among all 15 competing teams. The Red Wolves entered the tournament averaging 296 strokes per round this fall, but recorded a 305 and 307 yesterday for the first and second rounds, respectively.

Three of A-State's five golfers competing as part of the team posted their lowest round of tournament on the final day, including Cory Williamson and Christian Helmbold with a team-best 73. The Red Wolves also had three players that improved their individual standing by at least nine places as well.

Chris Pledger picked up his third consecutive top-20 finish and his fourth for the entire season, ending the tournament tied for 14th place with a combined 219 to lead the Red Wolves. Pledger carded a first-round 72, the lowest score of the tournament by an ASU player, before coming back to post a 73 for the second round and a 74 today.

"Obviously our performance yesterday wasn't what we expected, but our guys did a nice job rallying and played better today," said ASU head coach Steve Johnson. "Chris didn't do as well as he would have liked on the greens, but he demonstrated that he can still be competitive even without his best game and that shows the high caliber player he is."

Williamson shot first-round 76 and a second-round 79 yesterday to finish the day tied for 57th place, but moved into a tie for 43rd with his 73 today that gave him a total of 228. Helmbold's 73 was his lowest round this year, helping him move from tied for 64th place to 46th with a combined 229.

Competing as an individual, Chance Holden finished tied for 55th place with a 232 (81-74-77). Wessel Zwiegers also ended the tournament tied for 55th place after posting rounds of 78-78-76. Chistian Pitz entered the tournament with the team's second-best scoring average at 73.36 strokes per round, but turned in scores of 82-80-81 to finish tied for 77th place with a combined 243.

The Amelia National Intercollegiate was ASU's final fall tournament this season. The Red Wolves return to action Feb. 20-21 at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate, hosted by South Alabama.


Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2-RD 3--TOTAL)

T10, Arkansas State (305-307-296--908)

T14, Chris Pledger (72-73-74--219)

T43, Cory Williamson (76-79-73--228)

46, Christian Helmbold (79-77-73--229)

T55, Chance Holden* (81-74-77--232)

T55, Wessel Zwiegers (78-78-76--232)

T77, Christian Pitz (82-80-81--243)

*Competed as an individual