DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (4/15/19) – The Arkansas State women’s golf team opened play Monday at the Sun Belt Conference Championships, shooting a first-round 299 on the Arthur Hills Course at the LPGA International to put it in fifth place among 11 teams.

The Red Wolves were led by three players completing the three-day tournament’s initial round among the top-20 individual leaders, including sophomore Maria Jose Atristain Vega in a tie for 11th place.

A-State ended the day with a four-stroke lead over both Coastal Carolina and Appalachian State, which are tied for sixth place.  The Red Wolves are also within four strokes of fourth-place South Alabama, while Texas State leads the field with a 290.  Troy and Georgia Southern are tied for second place as they each posted a 291.

Making her first appearance at the league’s championship tournament, Atristain Vega tied her career-low round with a 73, leaving her three strokes behind three players tied for first place.  She collected a top-25 finish in each of A-State’s two previous tournaments leading up to the Sun Belt Championships. 

Grayson Gladden, a junior, is only one stroke behind her teammate and tied for 15th place after carding a 74.  Holding the squad’s top stroke average this season, senior Beth Ann Compton is tied for 18th place with a 75.

Also competing for A-State, freshman Olivia Schmidt is tied for 31st place with a 77 and senior Aracelly Jimenez Rios tied for 43rd with an 80.

The Sun Belt Conference championships will continue Tuesday with a 7:00 a.m. (CT) start.

Place, Name (RD 1)
5, Arkansas State (299)
T11, Maria Jose Atristain Vega (73)
T15, Grayson Gladden (74)
T18, Beth Ann Compton (75)
T31, Olivia Schmidt (77)
T43, Aracelly Jimenez Rios (80)