DALLAS (3/16/17) – The Arkansas State men's golf team claimed its second tournament championship of the season Thursday, winning the Bob Sitton Invitational with a 54-hole 852 that placed the Red Wolves atop the 24-team field.
Also winning the Duck Commander Intercollegiate on Nov. 1, the Red Wolves now have two titles and three top-four finishes over their last four tournaments played. A-State's 852 total was its second lowest three-round score this year behind only its 849 recorded Feb. 25-27 at the Loyola Intercollegiate.
A-State was led by four players finishing among the top 12 golfers, including freshman Zan Luka Stirn with his first career individual championship. Named the Sun Belt Conference Golfer of the Week yesterday, Stirn entered the tourney coming off a runner-up finish at the Tiger Invitational.
Stirn finished with a combined 206 (69-68-69) and became the second A-State player this season to earn medalist honors, joining Duck Commander Intercollegiate champ Tanner Napier.
The Red Wolves defeated second-place Long Beach State by 10 strokes and finished 17 ahead of third-place TCU. They now hold a 76-35-3 record this season.
Also competing for the Red Wolves, Napier finished fourth with a 213 (68-73-72), Andrew Huseman tied for 10th with a 216 (76-71-69) and Joel Wendin tied for 12th with a 217 (75-70-72). The three players have now combined for 10 top-10 finishes this season.
Trent Jones, who entered the tournament with the team's third best stroke average on the season, finished tied for 81st place with a 232 (78-75-79).
Arkansas State returns to action April 3-4, when it will host the Red Wolves Intercollegiate in Jonesboro.
ARKANSAS STATE RESULTS
Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2-RD 3—Total)
1, Arkansas State (288-282-282—852)
1, Zan Luka Stirn (69-68-69—206)
4, Tanner Napier (68-73-72—213)
T10, Andrew Huseman (76-71-69—216)
T12, Joel Wendin (75-70-72—217)