MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. (4/18/16) – The Arkansas State women's golf team continued play Monday at the Sun Belt Conference tournament, shooting a second-round 312 at the Raven Golf Club to give the Red Wolves a combined 622 and place them seventh among nine teams.
One day after shooting a team-best 75, Aracelly Jimenez Rios led A-State again by carding a 76 and moving up one place in the standings into a tie for fifth. With a combined 151, the true freshman will enter tomorrow's final round only one stroke behind fourth-place Yeji Shin of Georgia Southern and within five strokes of second-place Shania Berger of Little Rock. Texas State's Raksha Phade currently leads the 45-player field with a 144 total.
The Red Wolves posted a first-round 310 yesterday and now hold a 622 total score through 36 holes. Although the squad dropped three places in the standings today, it is still only one stroke behind sixth-place South Alabama and within four strokes of Georgia Southern and Georgia State, which are tied for fourth.
A-State holds a 12-stroke advantage over Appalachian State, which is in eighth place. Texas State currently sits atop the leaderboard with a 598, while Troy stands second with a 610 and Little Rock third with a 613.
In addition to Jimenez Rios, the Red Wolves have three players who are currently among the top 25 leaders. Freshman Beth Ann Compton is tied for 18th place with a 156 (77-79), while sophomore Sarah Childers is tied for 22nd with a 157 (78-79).
Emma Miller made the biggest move up the standings for A-State on Monday, jumping from tied for 36th place to tied for 32nd. The sophomore posted an 82 yesterday, but cut four strokes off that total in the second round. Also tied for 32nd place is sophomore Olivia Loiacano with a 160 (80-80).
The Sun Belt Conference Championship will conclude Tuesday with the third-and-final round.
ARKANSAS STATE RESULTS
Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2—TOTAL)
7, Arkansas State (310-312—622)
T5, Aracelly Jimenez Rios (75-76—151)
T18, Beth Ann Compton (77-79—156)
T22, Sarah Childers (78-79—157)
T32, Emma Miller (82-78—160)