ASU’s du Preez takes fourth at UALR/First Tee Classic

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) – Lloyd du Preez claimed fourth place in the final individual standings at the UALR/First Tee Collegiate Classic, leading the Arkansas State men's golf team which concluded the two-day tournament Tuesday at the Chenal Country Club with a combined 912 to finish in 16th place among 18 teams.

du Preez, who has now finished among the top-15 players at ASU's last four tournaments, shot a 2-under par 214 while collecting his third top-five finish of the season. The junior standout opened play with a first-round 71 and then carded a 70, the best single-round score among all ASU players at the tournament, for the second 18 holes played Monday. He completed competition with a final-round 73.

"Obviously, we are very excited about Lloyd finishing in the top five," said ASU head coach Steve Johnson. "I don't think Lloyd played particularly well for him, but he hung in there on a very demanding golf course that can be an extremely frustrating golf course.  Lloyd showed a tremendous amount of control, concentration and will power to play at that level. So, that shows the kind of caliber player he is."

The Red Wolves shot a final-round 307, four strokes above their first-round score and five over their total for the second round, and dropped two places in the final standings in a tournament that featured 11 teams ranked in the top-100 nationally in's latest rankings.

ASU ended the tournament just one stroke behind 15th-place Oral Roberts, while Southeastern Louisiana claimed the title with an 865 and Missouri finished second with an 873.

Also competing for ASU, Wessel Zwiegers finished tied for 64th place with a 231 and Chris Pledger tied for 77th with a 235. Tyler Thompson and Kell Shenep both turned in a 236 to finish tied for 82nd place.

The Red Wolves now return home to host the 14th annual ASU Red Wolf Classic April 12-13 at RidgePointe Country Club in Jonesboro.


Place, Name (RD1-RD2-RD 3-TOTAL)

16, Arkansas State (303-302-307--912)

4, Lloyd du Preez (71-70-73--214)

T64, Wessel Zwiegers (78-73-80--231)

T77, Chris Pledger (77-81-77--235)

T82, Tyler Thompson (79-79-78--236)

T82, Kell Shenep (77-80-79--236)

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