RIO VERDE, Ariz. (2/24/19) – Led by two players claiming individual top-20 finishes, the Arkansas State women’s golf team concluded play Sunday at the Rio Verde Invitational tied for fifth place among 18 teams with a combined 606.


Senior Beth Ann Compton posted her best finish of the season, placing tied for 13th to lead the Red Wolves.  Compton began play yesterday with a 73, which tied her season-low round, before posting a 76 today for a 149 total.


Junior Grayson Gladden ended the tourney tied for 17th place, collecting her third top-20 finish of the season.  She recorded a combined 150 score that included a 71 and 79 for the first and second rounds, respectively.


A-State entered today’s second round atop the leaderboard after posting a first-round 297, but slipped into a tie for fifth place with Bradley after tacking 12 strokes onto that total for the final round.  Xavier claimed the tournament title with a combined 591, while Seton Hall took runner-up honors and Boise State finished third.


A-State finished ahead of Wichita State, Northern Illinois, Bowling Green State, Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Ohio, Illinois State, Akron, Little Rock, UMKC, Missouri State and Central Michigan.


Also competing for the Red Wolves, Aracelly Jimenez Rios (75-79) and Olivia Schmidt (79-75) both shot a 154 to tie for 39th place.  Rounding out A-State’s lineup, Maria Jose Atristain Vega finished tied for 64th place with a combined 159 (78-81).


Arkansas State returns to action March 11-12 at the Spring Break Shootout in Dade City, Fla.



Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2—Total)

T5, Arkansas State (297-309--606)

T13, Beth Ann Compton (73-76—149)

T17, Grayson Gladden (71-79—150)

T39, Aracelly Jimenez Rios (75-79—154)

T39, Olivia Schmidt (79-75—154)

T64, Maria Jose Atristain Vega (78-81—159)