JONESBORO, AR (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State women's golf team won its home tournament, the Lady Red Wolves Classic, for the fourth time over the last six seasons Tuesday afternoon by shooting a two-round 892 at Sage Meadows Country Club in cool weather conditions.
The Red Wolves bested William Woods University by 10 strokes to take home the title, while A-State freshman Aracelly Jimenez Rios claimed medalist honors with three-round score of 216 (E).
"I'm very pleased with our win today," A-State golf coach M.J. Desbiens Shaw said. "The players hung in there until the end and that was a great team score. All our hard work is starting to show and hopefully help us for our next two events. I am also very proud of Aracelly for winning her first collegiate event. She had a great finish and showed that she can perform well under pressure."
A-State was tied with Southern Illinois after the first day of competition, but posted four scores of 75 or better during the final round to pull away from the field. Rios led the charge for the Red Wolves by shooting a 1-under par 71 in the final round, while Emma Miller turned in an ever-par 72. Sarah Childers and Maci Brooks each carded 3-over par 75 scores. Abi Laker rounded out the scoring with a final score of 78.
Rios earned top-honors in the individual standings by turning in the only even-par score of the tournament. Andrea Agniel finished second with a four-over par 220, while her teammate Mryiam Hassan finished with the Red Wolves' Emma Miller with six-over par 222 scores. Miller turned in a final round of score of even-par 72 to tie the lowest round of her career.
Rios' carded the only under-par round on the final day of play and birdied holes No. 16 and 17 before finishing with a bogey on No. 18 to prevent her from finishing at two-under on the day. Her three-day total of 216 is tied for the fourth lowest score by an A-State women's golfer since the 2005-06 season.
Arkansas State's three-day team score of 892 ranks as the second lowest total for an A-State golf team since the 2005-06 season.
The Red Wolves used two comprised of nine total players and the second team placed fourth behind the strength of Beth Ann Compton's individual finished at tied for 11th. Compton posted a combined 230, while Olivia Loiacano followed closely with a combined 232. Endsley Evans and Kristen Garner each posted scores of 238.
Arkansas State returns to action Oct. 19-20 at the Blue Raider Invitational, hosted by Middle Tennessee.