Chance Holden ties for fifth to lead A-State in season-opening tourney
From Arkansas State University
Chance Holden finished a career-best tied for fifth place
to lead the Arkansas State men's golf team to a tie for 11th place at
the Sam H. Hall Intercollegiate, which was the Red Wolves' first
tournament of their 2013-14 season.
lineup, which included two true freshmen, a junior and a pair of
the two-day tournament Tuesday at the Hattiesburg Country Club with a
final-round 292. The Red Wolves recorded a combined three-round score
of 866 for their lowest total since posting an 864 at the Seminole
Intercollegiate during the 2011-12 campaign.
shot a first-round 295 on Monday, but came back to record a 279 for the
second 18 holes and
climb from 14th place into a tie for 11th. The Red Wolves' second-round
score was their lowest since shooting a 272 at the Mason Rudolph
Intercollegiate in 2009.
put up some low scores for the first tournament of the season,
especially with two guys playing
in their first collegiate event," said A-State head coach Steve
Johnson. "I was excited about the way Chance played and his top-five
finish, so he is looking very strong heading into the rest of the
season. I thought we looked good overall for the first time
out, but we need to be more consistent in certain areas such as our
State finished tied with Rice and also ahead of Houston Baptist,
Jackson State at the tournament, won by Louisiana-Lafayette with an 837
score. Mississippi State finished second, while South Alabama claimed
third among the 15-team field.
came in under par all three rounds, which included a 70 for the first
and third rounds
and a career-best 66 for the second 18 holes. His second-round 66 was
the lowest score by an A-State player since Chris Pledger shot a 65 at
the USF Invitational during the 2011-12 season. Holden's 206 total was
the lowest since Lloyd du Preez, a former NCAA
Regional qualifier for the Red Wolves, shot a 205 at the Sam H. Hall
tournament during the 2009-10 season.
Loiacano and Landon Hearnes, both true freshmen, followed Holden by
finishing tied for
51st and 65th place, respectively. Loiacano carded a 72 in the second
round for his lowest score of the tournament and compiled a combined
220. Hearnes was just three strokes behind with a 223, which included a
Alex Hewitt recorded a career-low 69 during the second round after
opening play with a
75, but was hurt by an 80 on the final day of play. He posted a
combined 224 to finish tied for 73rd place. Also competing for the Red
Wolves, Easton Key finished tied for 80th place with a 228 total.
A-State will continue its 2013-14 season Sept. 15-16 at the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate in