HATTIESBURG, Miss. (9/13/16) – The Arkansas State men's golf team shot a third-round 283 Tuesday at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate, climbing one place into a tie for sixth in the final standings with a combined 856.
The Red Wolves put together their lowest three-round score in a season-opening tournament since the 2010-11 season, while also claiming their third best finish ever at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate in 12 appearances at the tourney.
A-State improved its standing with each round, initially shooting a 291 for the first 18 holes that left it in 12th place among the 15-team field. The Red Wolves cut nine strokes off that total in Monday's second round to jump five places in the standings.
"We didn't play well the first round and put ourselves in a difficult position, but I was pleased with the way our guys fought back the next 36 holes," said A-State head coach Mike Hagen. "If you look at the last two rounds, we were very competitive with the entire field. Andrew (Huseman) and Joel (Wendin) played really well, and those are obviously two bright spots from this tournament. I like our team, I like our depth, and I think we're in a good place moving forward."
The Red Wolves finished tied with Louisiana-Lafayette and within just three strokes of fifth-place Rice. Louisiana-Monroe claimed the championship with an 844, while Southern Miss finished runner-up. Mississippi State and Western Kentucky ended the tourney tied for third place.
A-State was led by junior Andrew Huseman, who placed tied for sixth individually to claim his seventh career top-10 finish with the Red Wolves. He carded a 73 to begin play and followed with a 69 for each of the next two rounds to finish with a 2-under 211.
Sophomore Joel Wendin joined Huseman among the top-10 leaders, finishing tied for ninth place with a combined 212 to tie his career-best three-round score. The first day of action saw him post a 71 and 69 for the first and second rounds, respectively, while he came back today to shoot a 72.
Freshman Nikolaj Dahl, competing as an individual, finished with a 217 to place tied for 35th. Junior Tanner Napier shot a 218 and finished tied for 43rd place, sophomore Trent Jones tied for 48th with a 219 and sophomore Matthew Cole placed tied for 59th with a 221.
Arkansas State returns to action Sept. 26-27 at the Memphis Intercollegiate.
ARKANSAS STATE RESULTS
Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2-RD 3—TOTAL)
T6, Arkansas State (291-282-283—856)
T6, Andrew Huseman (73-69-69—211)
T9, Joel Wendin (71-69-72—212)
T35, *Nikolaj Dahl (73-73-71—217)
T43, Tanner Napier (77-70-71—218)
T48, Trent Jones (74-74-71—219)
T59, Matthew Cole (73-74-74—221)