KENNESAW, Ga. (10/25/16) – The Arkansas State men’s golf team shot a final-round 304 Tuesday at the Pinetree Intercollegiate, completing the two-day tournament in fifth place among 11 teams with a combined 893 score.
The Red Wolves entered play today in fourth place and within nine strokes of the leader, but dropped one spot in the final standings after posting their highest single-round score of the tourney. The squad began play yesterday at the Pinetree Country Club by recording a 301 and 288 for the first and second rounds, respectively.
Competing in its fourth tournament, A-State compiled its second lowest 54-hole total (893) and third best single-round (288) scores of the season. Three of the four teams finishing ahead of the Red Wolves are currently ranked among the top 83 teams in the nation, including tournament-champion Kennesaw State at No. 34.
Arkansas State finished just four strokes behind fourth-place and 83rd-ranked Jacksonville State, while No. 76 Iowa State placed runner-up and Central Arkansas came in third.
The Red Wolves were led by Tanner Napier, who tied for second to collect his best finish this season. The junior recorded a combined 213, which was his best three-round score this year and included a season-low 67 for the second 18 holes.
Including Napier, A-State had three players finish among the top-15 individuals as sophomore Joel Wendin and junior Andrew Huseman ended the tourney tied for 10th and 13th place, respectively. Recording a 221, Wendin picked up his second top-10 showing this season. Huseman shot a 222, giving him his third top-15 outing of the year.
“Tanner had a good tournament and played three solid rounds of golf,” said A-State head coach Mike Hagen. “Joel had a tough start in the first round, but I was proud of the way he rebounded from that and played the rest of the tournament to finish 5-over. Andrew started slow with some big numbers all three rounds and had to fight back from it as well, but he still had a good finish at 13th place.
“So, we didn’t finish the way we wanted as a team, but we did some good things at times. We’ve been faced with that this fall, though – we’ve had some good individual finishes, but just haven’t come together from a team standpoint the way we need to. We need to find some consistency, and I think that will come as our team chemistry continues to improve.”
Also competing for the Red Wolves, Patrik Jericha finished tied for 44th place with a 236, Zan Luka Stirn placed tied for 47th with a 238 and Matthew Cole came in tied for 50th with a 239. Jericha competed as an individual.
A-State will play in its final fall tournament, the Duck Commander Intercollegiate, Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at El Dorado, Ark.
ARKANSAS STATE RESULTS
Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2-RD 3—Total)
5, Arkansas State (301-288-304—893)
T2, Tanner Napier (73-67-73—213)
T10, Joel Wendin (77-72-72—221)
T13, Andrew Huseman (73-71-78—222)
T44, *Patrik Jericha (79-76-81—236)
T47, Zan Luka Stirn (78-78-82—238)
T50, Matthew Cole (79-79-81—239)
*Competed as an individual