CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (10/4/16) – Led by four players claiming individual top-25 finishes, the Arkansas State women’s golf team completed play at the MVC Preview on Tuesday in fourth place among 14 teams with a season-best 902 combined score.
The Red Wolves collected their best finish at a road tournament since placing third at the 2013 ORU Shootout. Their 54-hole total score was also their lowest at a non-home event since recording an 898 at the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
A-State entered today’s final round in third place after posting a 301 and 291 for the first and second rounds, respectively. The squad’s 291 marked its lowest single-round total since shooting a 289 at the 2012 Lady Red Wolves Classic, helping the Red Wolves end Monday’s action just six strokes behind second-place UMKC.
While Arkansas State concluded play today with a 310, their highest score of the two-day tourney, it only dropped one place in the final standings and finished five strokes behind third-place Wichita State.
“It was good for us to compete today as one of the leading teams,” said A-State head coach M.J. Desbiens Shaw. “That kind of challenge will only elevate our game. We had a shaky start today, but we still finished with a good score. It was unfortunate we weren’t able to move up (in the standings), but it was still a good experience for our team playing as one of the leaders late in the tournament.”
A-State was led by sophomore Beth Ann Compton, who finished a career-best tied for seventh place to pick up here second top-10 finish over the last two seasons. Compton not only recorded the best three-round score of her career, a 221, but also shot a 68 for the second 18 holes that counted as the best single-round score by an A-State player in over a decade.
“This was a new situation for Beth Ann to enter the final round tied for first place, so she was putting some added stress on herself and came out with a shaky start,” said Desbiens Shaw. “She also had a penalty stroke on hole 10, but she recovered very well after that. I think that shows a lot of mental strength on her part, to shake it off and salvage a decent score.”
Emma Miller followed Compton with a 14th-place showing after posting a combined 224, which was the second best total of her three-year career. The junior began play yesterday by tying her career-low single-round score with a 72, while she also picked up her third career top-15 finish.
Aracelly Jimenez Rios claimed her second top-25 finish in three tournaments played this season, placing tied for 22nd. A sophomore, Jimenez Rios posted personal season bests for single-round and 54-hole scores with a 72 and 228, respectively.
Freshman Grayson Gladden enjoyed the top outing of her young career, ending the tourney tied for 25th place. Her 229 total was a season best, as well as her 73 carded during the second round.
“We had a great team performance and competed well,” Desbiens Shaw added. “We’re only getting better and stronger mentally and physically, so we’re looking forward to the rest of the fall. We obviously would have liked to move up in the standings today, but there were a lot of good things to take away from this event. We have a lot of exciting things happening for us with the depth on our team.”
Competing as an individual, Kirsten Garner placed tied for 40th among 90 players with a 235. Also playing for the Red Wolves, Sarah Childers tied for 66th place with a 245 and Olivia Loiacano tied for 72nd with a 251. Childers entered the tournament as A-State’s leader in stroke average. Loiacano was also competing as an individual.
Arkansas State returns to action Oct. 17-18, when it will host the Lady Red Wolves Classic at Sage Meadows Country Club.
ARKANSAS STATE RESULTS
Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2-RD 3—Total)
4, Arkansas State (301-291-310—902)
T7, Beth Ann Compton (73-68-80—221)
14, Emma Miller (72-78-74—224)
T22, Aracelly Jimenez Rios (78-72-78—228)
T25, Grayson Gladden (78-73-78—229)
T40, Kirsten Garner* (79-75-81—235)
T66, Sarah Childers (79-81-85—245)
T72, Olivia Loiacano* (81-81-89—251)
*Competed as an individual