A-State Men's Golf finishes fifth at Fall Beach Classic

From Arkansas State University

Led by two players finishing among the top-10 individuals, the Arkansas State men's golf team shot a final-round 301 Tuesday at the ASU Fall Beach Classic to complete the two-day tournament in fifth place among 13 teams with a combined 883.

Hosting the tournament at the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club, the Red Wolves finished three strokes behind fourth-place Louisiana-Lafayette and within five strokes of third-place Memphis.  West Florida claimed the tournament title with an 868, while Louisiana-Monroe finished runner-up with an 876.

A-State finished ahead of Louisiana Tech, UALR, Houston Baptist, Stephen F. Austin, New Orleans, Nicholls State, Murray State and North Dakota.  The Red Wolves entered Tuesday's round in a three-way tie for second place and just two strokes behind West Florida.  A-State opened the tournament Monday with a 295 that was followed by a 287, its best round of the season.

Chance Holden shot a 215, including a low round of 69, and placed fifth to lead the Red Wolves.  Easton Key, who was responsible for the lowest round of the tournament by an A-State player with a 68, was only one stroke behind at 216 to place sixth.

Also competing for the Red Wolves, Matthew Loiacano finished tied for 36th place with a 227 and Seth Garner and Landon Hearnes both tied for 48th place with a 232.  A-State's Christian Helmbold, Alex Hewitt and Brayden Brown all played as individuals, finishing tied for 53rd, tied for 56th and tied for 63rd respectively.

The Red Wolves return to action Feb. 17-18 at the Rice Intercollegiate in Houston, Texas.


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

5, Arkansas State (295-287-301--883)

5, Chance Holden (72-69-74--215)

6, Easton Key (70-68-78--216)

T36, Matthew Loiacano (78-78-71--227)

T48, Seth Garner (75-76-81--232)

T48, Landon Hearnes (80-74-78--232)

*T53, Christian Helmbold (80-75-78--233)

*T56, Alex Hewitt (80-75-79--234)

*T63, Brayden Brown (81-74-84--239)

*Competed as an individual