MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. (4/24/17) – The Arkansas State men’s golf team continued play at the Sun Belt Conference Championships Monday, completing stroke play tied for third place among 12 teams to secure one of four spots in the tournament’s match play format that will determine the league champion and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
The top four teams in the 54-hole competition, played over the last two days, will now participate in tomorrow’s match play championships. The top and fourth seeds will face each other beginning on the No. 1 tee, while second and third seeds will play starting on the No. 10 tee at 7:30 a.m.
A-State recorded a combined 872 in stroke play and finished tied with Georgia State, but earned the No. 3 seed based on the “lowest cumulative total of the non-counting scores for each day.” The Red Wolves will face No. 2 Georgia Southern, which placed second with an 864.
The victor will then take on the winner between No. 1 Troy and No. 4 Georgia State later that day. The Trojans and Panthers shot an 855 and 872, respectively, for the initial three rounds.
Arkansas State completed the first round tied for sixth place with a 292, but jumped three places in the standings after recording a 287 for the second 18 holes. The Red Wolves came back to shoot a 293 in the final round, which was just enough to edge Texas State by one stroke.
The Red Wolves were led by four players who finished stroke play among the top 25 leaders. While the final team standings won’t be determined until the completion of tomorrow’s match play, the final individual standings were determined by the tournament’s initial three rounds.
Tanner Napier placed tied for sixth to post the Red Wolves’ top individual finish at the tournament, which was also his fifth top-10 outing of the year. The junior standout finished with a combined 215, including a 72 for each of the first two rounds and a 71 for the final 18 holes.
Following Napier, sophomore Joel Wendin finished tied for 16th place with a 218. He posted rounds of 71-75-72 to collect his seventh top-20 finish of the season.
Zan Luka Stirn, a true freshman, and junior Andrew Huseman both posted a combined 220 to finish tied for 25th place. Stirn, a two-time Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week, and Huseman both posted the lowest single-round score of the tourney by an A-State player with a 70 for the second 18 holes.
Also competing for the Red Wolves, redshirt freshman Matt Cole finished 57th with a 236 (81-79-76).
ARKANSAS STATE RESULTS
Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2-RD 3--Total)
T3, Arkansas State (292-287-293—872)
T6, Tanner Napier (72-72-71—215)
T16, Joel Wendin (71-75-72—218)
T25, Zan Luka Stirn (73-70-77—220)
T25, Andrew Huseman (76-70-74—220)
57, Matt Cole (81-79-76—236)