ASU Women's Golf finishes 7th at Sun Belt Championship

Muscle Shoals, AL (KAIT) – The Arkansas State women's golf team turned in its best score of the Sun Belt Conference Championships on Wednesday with a third-round 298, but dropped one place in the final standings to end the three-day tournament in seventh place with a combined 913.

Following the conclusion of the tournament, Anna Carling, who tied for 13th place to lead the Red Wolves, was honored as an All-Sun Belt Conference selection.  The freshman standout matched her best single-round score of the season with a 72 for the final 18 holes and finished with a combined 226.  After finishing the first day tied for 32nd place, Carling improved her score each of the next two rounds to move up 19 places in the final standings.

ASU, which tied its second lowest three-round score of the season, finished only one stroke behind sixth-place Florida International and ended the tournament within eight strokes of fourth-place South Alabama.  The Red Wolves' final-round 298 also matched its second lowest single-round score of the year.

Including Carling, four of ASU's five competing golfers turned in their best round of the tournament on Wednesday.  Cassie Huffer carded a 74 for her lowest round and joined Carling in the top 25 with a 227 total, which placed her tied for 16th. Also turning in their best scores were Jennifer Loiacano and Adrian Sportsman, both shooting a 76 Wednesday.  Loiacano finished tied for 29th place with a 232 and Sportsman finished 46th with a 238.

Jennifer Welch was ASU's leader entering the final round, but dropped from tied for 14th place to tied for 27th place after shooting a 79 to end the tournament.  Welch turned in a final score of 232, just two strokes shy of ending the tournament among the top 25 leaders.

Denver, the No. 18 ranked team in the nation, won the tournament with an 865, while Middle Tennessee finished second with an 899 and UALR third with a 300.

Arkansas State Results

Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2-RD 3-Total)

7, Arkansas State (309-306-298--913)

T13, Anna Carling (78-76-72--226)

T16, Cassie Huffer (75-78-74--227)

T27, Jennifer Welch (77-75-79--231)

T29, Jennifer Loiacano (79-77-76--232)

46, Adrian Sportsman (82-80-76--238)