Lady Red Wolf Classic set for Oct. 14-15

From Arkansas State University

The Arkansas State women's golf team will play its third tournament of the 2013-14 season next week when it hosts the annual Lady Red Wolf Classic, set for Oct. 14-15 at the Sage Meadows Country Club in Jonesboro.

The two-day tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday with a shotgun start for the first round, while the second round will be played immediately following.  The final round will begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday with another shotgun start.

The seven-team field features three members of the Sun Belt Conference, including the Red Wolves, Louisiana-Monroe and Western Kentucky.  The remaining teams include Central Arkansas, Jackson State, McLennan Community College and New Orleans.

"This is a great time to host our home event," said A-State head coach M.J. Desbiens Shaw. "We have a fairly small field, but the competition should be very good. I'm looking forward to playing at home and for our fans to see our whole team fighting for some good scores. We've had a great start to our season, and I am excited for the last two fall events of the year. We also have three of our seniors, Courtney Manning, Clara Tefteller and Anna Flanrey, playing this week, and I wish them the best in their last home event."

While UCA claimed last year's team title at the Lady Red Wolf Classic, Arkansas State has won the championship three of the last four years and claimed the individual title in two of the last four events.  Sophomore Abi Laker returns as A-State's top finisher last year at the tournament, taking third place with a combined 217.

Two teams enter the competition ranked among the top 100 teams in NCAA Division I by Golfstat, including Arkansas State at 79th.  Central Arkansas is currently ranked 87th in the nation.

The Red Wolves claimed a top-five finish at each of their first two tournaments, claiming fourth place among 15 teams at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational and third place among an 18-team field at the ORU Shootout.  Laker holds a team-best 76.3 stroke average per round and is joined by junior Megan Garland and Manning as A-State players with a top-25 individual finish this year.

The Sage Meadows course will play to a distance of 6,138 yards and a par of 72.