JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) — The Arkansas State men's golf team had three players finish the first day of competition at the 17th annual Red Wolves Intercollegiate among the top-25 individual leaders, leading a pair of squads representing A-State through its home tournament's opening two rounds at RidgePointe Country Club.
A-State, which has 11 golfers competing in the tournament, was led by sophomore Christian Helmbold with a 1-under par 141 that places him tied for fourth, just four strokes behind leader Anthony Bradley of Austin Peay State. Helmbold completed the first round tied for 28th place, but climbed 24 spots in the standings with a career-best 67 for the second 18 holes. His second-round 67 was the lowest score of the season by an ASU player.
Seth Garner and Wessel Zwiegers both finished the day among the top-25 players as well, leading one of A-State's two competing teams to a tie for fifth place with a 585. The Red Wolves recorded a first-round 292, their second lowest score this season, before coming back to post a 293 in the afternoon round. They trail fourth-place Southern Illinois by just two strokes and are within seven strokes of second-place Belmont. Austin Peay State recorded a 2-under 566 to lead the 20-team field.
Garner is tied for seventh place with a 142, which included a first-round 70 followed by a 72. Zwiegers carded a 73 for each round to give him a combined 142 and put him in a tie for 18th place.
Led by Helmbold, the Red Wolves' second squad ended the day in 12th place with a 604 composed of a 306 and 298 for the first and second rounds, respectively.
The two-day tournament's third and final round is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
ARKANSAS STATE RESULTS
Place, Names (RD 1-RD 2--TOTAL)
T5, Arkansas State (292-293--585)
T7, Seth Garner (70-72--142)
T18, Wessel Zwiegers (73-73--146)
T29, Chance Holden (75-73--148)
T37, Easton Key (74-75--149)
T59, Matt Howton (75-77--152)
*T37, Alex Hewitt (74-75--149)
*competed as an individual
ARKANSAS STATE (B) RESULTS
Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2--TOTAL)
12, Arkansas State (B) (306-298--604)
T4, Christian Helmbold (74-67--141)
T75, Sean Brock (81-73--154)
T75, Eli Mattioli (74-80--154)
T85, Tommy Eagan (77-79--156)