JONESBORO, Ark. (4/2/17) – With the 21st annual Red Wolves Intercollegiate set to begin tomorrow, it was announced Sunday prior to the start of the Wayne Wolfe Collegiate-Amateur at the RidgePointe Country Club that beginning next year the tournament will be known as the Arkansas State Bubba Barnett Collegiate Golf Tournament.
Along with the late Wayne Wolfe and Ed Way, Barnett was instrumental in starting the A-State men’s golf team’s annual tournament in 1997. A long-time supporter of Arkansas State golf and junior golf programs, Barnett has served on the tournament committee since its creation and acts as the tournament’s director.
Deane Pappas and Matt Willey claimed the ninth annual Wayne Wolfe College-Am championship with a single-round 57. Local amateurs from the tournament’s major sponsors were paired with different student-athletes from the competing teams. Today’s top finishers were recognized and received awards at a tournament banquet honoring Wolfe.
The two-day tournament will begin Monday at 8:00 a.m. at RidgePointe with a shotgun start for the first round. The second round will immediately follow the first on Monday, and the third round will begin at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday.
Fifteen schools from 13 different states are competing in this year’s tournament, including Arkansas State, Creighton, Eastern Illinois, Florida Atlantic, Missouri State, Murray State, Nebraska-Omaha, New Orleans, North Dakota, Northern Iowa, Oklahoma Christian, South Dakota, SIU Edwardsville, UT Martin and Xavier.
Arkansas State owns six Red Wolves Intercollegiate championships, last winning the tournament in 2014. Last season A-State finished the tourney’s final round tied with UT Martin for first place, but dropped a sudden death playoff against the Skyhawks to fall just short of the championship. Four A-State players have won the tournament all-time, with the most recent being Sawyer Radler in 2012.
The Red Wolves will be playing their ninth tournament of the season, including their third of the spring. The squad has claimed two championships this season, including the Bob Sitton Invitational its last time out. Arkansas State will use “A” and “B” teams at the tournament.
Live scoring will be used for the tournament and can be viewed at GolfStat.com. Tournament results will also be posted on AStateRedWolves.com, the official Web site of A-State Athletics.