MAUMELLE, Ark. (3/28/17) – Competing with a pair of squads at the A-State/Little Rock Invitational, the Arkansas State women’s golf team concluded the 54-hole tournament Tuesday with fifth and 10th place finishes among the 13-team field.

Arkansas State was led by four players placing among the top-20 individuals, including three that helped lead the Red Wolves’ squad that finished fifth to a team score of 918. The unit recorded a 309 for each of the first two rounds yesterday before coming back today to post 300, which was the lowest third-round score among the entire field.

“Shooting the lowest score today was a great accomplishment because our team goal was a 299, so I’m really excited about that,” said A-State head coach M.J. Desbiens Shaw. “Our score was close to our goal and that makes me feel better that we are getting closer to those numbers we should be shooting.

“Where we are losing strokes right now is in our putting,” continued Desbiens Shaw. “Our ball striking was pretty good overall, but we didn’t adapt to the greens as well as we should have. I think that is what resulted in our higher scores the first two rounds, just seeing too many putts per player. Looking back at the big picture, though, I think we are getting closer to where we need to be.”

Beth Ann Compton shot a combined 228 (78-75-75) and tied for 13th place to lead the Red Wolves. Joining her among the top-20 individual leaders were Emma Miller and Aracelly Jimenez Rios, who tied for 16th and 20th place respectively. Miller posted a 230 (79-78-73) and Jimenez Rios a 231 (80-79-72).

A-State ended the tourney only one stroke behind UTEP and Toledo, which tied for third place with a 917. Central Arkansas claimed the championship with an 897, while Little Rock finished runner-up with a 912.

A-State’s squad that placed 10th was led by Kirsten Garner, who placed tied for 16th with a 230 (74-79-77). The unit posted scores of 316 for both the first and second rounds and shot a 315 for the final 18 holes.

“I think having the entire team competing at this tournament was a good thing as we head into the stretch (with one tournament left before the Sun Belt Conference Championships),” said Desbiens Shaw. “It’s exciting to see so much depth on our team because it makes me feel like we have so many good options. We just need to continue to work on our consistency.”

Arkansas State returns to action April 7-8 at the Jan Weaver Murray State Invitational in Murray, Ky.

ARKANSAS STATE RESULTS
Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2-RD 3—Total)
Arkansas State (309-309-300—918)
T13, Beth Ann Compton (78-75-75—228)
T16, Emma Miller (79-78-73—230)
T20, Aracelly Jimenez Rios (80-79-72—231)
T29, Marisa Marquez (77-77-80—234)
T45, Grayson Gladden (75-82-85—242)

Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2-RD 3—Total)
Arkansas State ‘B’ (316-316-315—947)
T16, Kirsten Garner (74-79-77—230)
T35, Olivia Loiacano (82-77-78—237)
T38, Maci Brooks (79-80-79—238)
T58, Sarah Childers (81-86-81—248)
T65, Monica Lieving (90-80-84—254)