A-State Men's Golf finishes tied for seventh at D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate

From Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State men's golf team posted a final-round 292 on Monday to climb from 11th place to tied for seventh in the final standings at the two-day D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate played on the Illinois State University Golf Course.

The Red Wolves, competing in their second tournament of the season, ended the opening 18 holes tied for ninth place with a 297, but dropped to 11th place in Sunday's second round despite cutting a stroke off its first-round total.  However, freshman Landon Hearnes and sophomore Seth Garner both carded a final-round 71, the lowest score by an A-State player at the tournament, to catapult the Red Wolves up four places in the standings on Monday.

A-State finished tied with Bradley and was followed in the 15-team field by Western Illinois, Southern Illinois, Illinois Wesleyan, Oral Roberts, Missouri State and Butler.  Loyola-Chicago claimed the tournament championship, while Purdue was runner-up and host Illinois State finished third.

The Red Wolves were led by Hearnes, who finished a season-best tied for 16th place with a combined 219.  Hearnes improved his score each round, shooting a 75 and 73 for the first two rounds that were followed by his 71.

"I thought our team played pretty well, especially today, with a young lineup consisting of three true freshmen, one sophomore and a senior" said A-State head coach Steve Johnson.  "The wind shifted directions today and came out of the northeast about 15-20 mph, which makes this golf course play extremely difficult.  I was happy for Landon getting a top-20 finish in just his second tournament.  Chance (Holden) has played solid for us each of these first two tournaments, and it was nice to see Brayden (Brown) contribute in his first collegiate event.  We were able to finish strong, and hopefully that will give us something to build on the rest of the season."

Holden, coming off a top-five performance at the Sam H. Hall Intercollegiate, completed the tournament tied for 33rd place to follow Hearnes in the standings.  The senior recorded a combined 222, which included scores of 73, 75 and 74.

Garner and Brown were both competing in their first tournament of the season and finished tied for 48th place with a 226.  In addition to Garner's final-round 71, he shot a 75 and 80 for the first and second rounds, respectively.  Brown posted a low round of 74 to begin the tournament and shot a 76 for each of the last two rounds.

Also competing for A-State, freshman Matthew Loiacano recorded a 229 to finish tied for 58th place.  Loiacano tied his season-best score with a second-round 72, and also shot a 78 and 79 for the other 36 holes.

The Red Wolves return to action Oct. 15-16 at the Bill Ross Intercollegiate in Overland Park, Kan.


Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2-RD 3--TOTAL)

T7, Arkansas State (297-296-292--885)

T16, Landon Hearnes (75-73-71--219)

T33, Chance Holden (73-75-74--222)

T48, Seth Garner (75-80-71--226)

T48, Brayden Brown (74-76-76--226)

T58, Matthew Loiacano (78-72-79--229)