BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (astaredwolves.com) – Led by three players finishing among the top 10 individuals, the Arkansas State men’s golf team claimed the WKU Kenny Perry Invitational championship Tuesday after finishing the 54-hole tournament with a combined 892.
The Red Wolves picked up their first title at a road tournament since winning the First Tee/UALR Collegiate Classic in 2005. A-State finished three strokes ahead of second-place Memphis to lead the 12-team field.
A-State ended Monday’s first round in first place after posting a 292 at the Club at Olde Stone, but fell to third place after tacking six strokes onto that total for the second 18 holes. However, the Red Wolves came back to post the best score, a 302, among all teams in the third round and climb back atop the standings.
“We played very solid our first round and felt good about everything heading into the second round,” said A-State head coach Mike Hagen. “Unfortunately, we struggled early in that second round, but were able to capitalize on some opportunities later to help put us in a better position.
“We started a little slow in the final round too, but we did a good job settling down and finished well, and that was the real difference. This was a tough course and everyone had to deal with some unfavorable weather conditions, but I thought our guys handled it well.”
Sophomore Andrew Huseman, competing in his first tournament at A-State, finished tied for fifth place with a combined 219 to lead the Red Wolves. Huseman carded a two-under-par 70 for each of the first two rounds before ending with a 79 today.
Joining Huseman among the top 10 leaders were Oswin Schlenkrich and Seth Garner, who tied for seventh and ninth place, respectively. Schlenkrich recorded a combined 220 (72-75-73), while Garner posted a 221 (75-74-72) and jumped 11 places in the standings with his final-round performance.
Playing as an individual, Tanner Napier finished tied for 28th place with a combined 230 (73-77-80). Also competing for the Red Wolves, Joel Wendin shot a 232 (75-79-78) to finish tied for 34th place and Matthew Loiacano tied for 52nd with a 239 (80-79-80).
Arkansas State will return to action Oct. 25-27 when it hosts the A-State Fall Beach Classic in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2-RD 3—TOTAL)
1, Arkansas State (292-298-302—892)
T5, Andrew Huseman (70-70-79—219)
T7, Oswin Schlenkrich (72-75-73—220)
T9, Seth Garner (75-74-72—221)
T28, *Tanner Napier (73-77-80—230)
T34, Joel Wendin (75-79-78—232)
T52, Matthew Loiacano (80-79-80)