JONESBORO, Ark. (AStateRedWolves.com) – The Arkansas State men's golf team has put itself in position to claim its first Red Wolves Intercollegiate title since 2002, completing its home tournament's opening two rounds Monday in first place among 21 teams with a combined 580 shot at the RidgePointe Country Club.
A-State had four players finish the first day among the top-20 leaders, including first-place Easton Key, to help the Red Wolves claim a two-stroke lead over second-place Belmont heading into the Tuesday's final round. Arkansas State opened play with a season-best 285 to grab an 11-stroke lead over Belmont, but the Bruins shot a second-round 286 to the Red Wolves' 295 the following 18 holes.
Key is also trying to become the first A-State player to win the tournament's individual title since Sawyer Radler in 2012. He currently holds a two-stroke advantage over three other players after posting a 141 that included a 70 and 71 for the first and second rounds, respectively.
Sean Brock is tied for sixth place with a 145, but just four strokes behind his teammate, Key. He carded an opening-round 72 and followed with a 73. Chance Holden is tied for 10th place with a 146 (72-74) and is joined in the top-20 by Seth Garner, who is tied for 19th place with a 149 (71-78). Also competing for the Red Wolves, Matthew Loiacano is tied for 54th place after posting a 155 (78-77).
A-State has an additional five players competing in the tournament as well to make up a second squad for the Red Wolves. The team of Alex Hewitt, Christian Helmbold, Drake Merritt, Brayden Brown and Landon Hearnes are in 19th place with a 628 team score (324-304).
The tournament's third and final round is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday. Live scoring is being used for the tournament and can be viewed at GolfStat.com.
ARKANSAS STATE RESULTS
PLACE, NAME (RD 1-RD 2--TOTAL)
1, Arkansas State (A) (285-295--580)
1, Easton Key (70-71--141)
T6, Sean Brock (72-73--145)
T10, Chance Holden (72-74--146)
T19, Seth Garner (71-78--149)
T54, Matthew Loiacano (78-77--155)
19, Arkansas State (B) (324-304--628)
T38, Alex Hewitt (81-72--153)
T79, Christian Helmbold (79-79--158)
T79, Drake Merritt (81-77--158)
T88, Brayden Brown (83-78--161)