MAUMELLE, Ark. (3/29/16) – Arkansas State shot a 307 Tuesday at the A-State/Little Rock Women’s Golf Invitational and climbed one spot in the final standings, finishing the 54-hole tournament in fifth place among nine teams with a combined 923 posted at the Maumelle Country Club.
A-State had four players improve their individual standing today, and the Red Wolves’ final-round 307 was the second best score of the day among all competing teams. Arkansas State opened play Monday with a 305 that put in fifth place, but followed with a 311 while dropping to sixth.
The Red Wolves were led by four players placing among the top-25 individual leaders, including freshmen Aracelly Jimenez Rios and Beth Ann Compton and sophomores Sarah Childers and Emma Miller. All four players collected one of their top-three career finishes.
“The course played a little tougher today because we had some strong wind at times, but we had good individual scores,” said A-State head coach M.J. Desbiens Shaw. “We’re on the right track with some solid performances as a team. I’m proud of Aracelly, Sarah, Beth Ann and Emma’s performances this tournament. They stayed mentally tough through the entire round today and played some good golf out there.”
Jimenez Rios recorded her best score of the tournament today, carding a 71 that helped her move from tied for 19th place into a tie for fourth. She shot a 75 and 79 for the first and second rounds, respectively, and compiled a 225 total on her way to her second best finish this season. She has now picked up four top-10 finishes, including three of the last four tournaments.
Childers moved up one place today into a tie for seventh, ending the tourney with a career-best 226 total. She started and ended the tournament with a 77, but posted a second-round 72 to tie her best career score. Not only did Childers pick up her best career finish, it marked the fourth time this season she had placed in the top 25.
Compton also climbed one spot in the standings today, placing tied for 12th with a combined 228 (75-77-76). It was her third best finish this season, and she has now completed the last seven tournaments among the top 25 leaders.
Competing as an individual and participating in her first spring tournament, Miller shot a combined 232 (78-78-76) to finish tied for 19th place. She moved up eight spots in the standings today to collect her second top-25 finish this season and third of her career. Miller’s 232 total marked her second lowest career three-round score, and she also enjoyed the third best finish of her career.
A-State ended the outing just three strokes behind fourth-place Oral Roberts and within six of third-place Missouri State. Central Arkansas claimed the championship with a 902, while Wichita State finished runner-up with a 906.
Also representing the Red Wolves, Olivia Loiacano tied for 41st place with a 244 (78-83-83), Abi Laker finished 44th with a 247 (81-82-84), Endsley Evans tied for 47th with a 250 (78-87-85) and Maci Brooks placed 52nd with a 254 (85-84-85). Laker and Evans were competing as individuals.
Arkansas State returns to action April 4-5 at the Gary Crossley Ford Kansas City Shootout.
ARKANSAS STATE RESULTS
Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2-RD 3—TOTAL)
5, Arkansas State (305-311-307—923)
T4, Aracelly Jimenez Rios (75-79-71—225)
T7, Sarah Childers (77-72-77—226)
T12, Beth Ann Compton (75-77-76—228)
T19, *Emma Miller (78-78-76—232)
T41, Olivia Loiacano (78-83-83—244)
44, *Abi Laker (81-82-84—247)
T47, *Endsley Evans (78-87-85—250)
52, Maci Brooks (85-84-85—254)
*Competing as an individual