DALLAS (3/14/17) – The Arkansas State women’s golf team concluded play Tuesday at the Bradley Spring Break Invitational by shooting a 295, the third lowest single-round score among all 10 competing teams for the entire 54-hole tournament.
The Red Wolves matched their second lowest round this season on the tourney’s final day, helping them move up one spot to fourth place in the final standings with a combined 919. The total, posted at the Brookhaven Country Club, also included a 317 and 307 for the first and second rounds, respectively.
“I’m very pleased with this finish – everyone had a great mindset to attack this last round today,” said A-State head coach M.J. Desbiens Shaw. “We played in some tough conditions yesterday, but we learned from our mistakes and stuck to our strategy today.”
Arkansas State finished five strokes ahead of fifth-place Akron and within seven strokes of Wichita State, which finished third. Northern Illinois claimed the championship with a combined 890, while Bradley took runner-up honors with a 909.
Aracelly Jimenez Rios led A-State with a season-low 220 (71-76-73) to collect her best finish this year, placing third among 60 players. The sophomore’s total included a season-low 71 carded in the first round, and she now has two top-10 finishes this year.
Beth Ann Compton moved up six places on the final day and finished tied for 10th place with a 228 (80-75-73). She put together her fourth top-10 outing of the season, all of them coming over the last six tournaments.
“Aracelly had a great performance this week – she played very consistent golf,” said Desbiens Shaw. “Beth Ann also had a great finish. I am happy that we are showing a lot more consistency as a team, so hopefully we can continue moving up in the national rankings and be ready for the last stretch of our season.”
Also collecting a top-25 finish for A-State, Emma Miller shot a 235 (81-80-74) to place tied for 24th. The outing marked the fourth time over her last five tournaments played she has been among the top-25 individual leaders.
Competing for the Red Wolves as well, Marisa Marquez finished tied for 27th with a 236 (85-76-75), Grayson Gladden tied for 37th with a 244 (86-81-77) and Olivia Loiacano tied for 52nd with a 257 (86-86-85). Gladden participated as an individual.
A-State returns to action March 27-28 at the A-State/Little Rock Women’s Golf Invitational in Maumelle, Ark.
ARKANSAS STATE RESULTS
Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2-RD 3—Total)
4, Arkansas State (317-307-295—919)
3, Aracelly Jimenez Rios (71-76-73—220)
T10, Beth Ann Compton (80-75-73—228)
T24, Emma Miller (81-80-74—235)
T27, Marisa Marquez (85-76-75—236)
T37, *Grayson Gladden (86-81-77—244)
T52, Olivia Loiacano (86-86-85—257)
*Participating as an individual