SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (9/10/19) – The Arkansas State women’s golf team finished its 2019-20 season-opening tournament with a fifth-place finish at the Payne Stewart Memorial after posting a final round score of 299 Tuesday afternoon at Twin Oaks Country Club in Springfield, Mo.

A-State carded a three-round total of 902 (+50) to register the sixth-place showing and was eight strokes behind fourth place Wichita State. Oral Roberts totaled a final round 276 (-8) to post a final total of 873 (+21) to take home the team title. Host Missouri State and two-round leader UTEP tied for second with a total score of 884 (+32).

“We had a good start to the season,” said A-State head coach M.J. Desbiens Shaw. “We improved every day and learned a lot over the course of each round. This first tournament was a great experience for our three freshmen which is very promising for the season ahead. I’m very happy with the way Grayson (Gladden) played these last two rounds. She stayed patient and had great focus today to get a top 10 finish. We have a quick turnaround the next few days and we will be ready to compete at South Alabama starting Sunday.”

Senior Grayson Gladden posted the team’s best score in the third and final round with a 72 (+1) and finished tied for 10th with a total of 222 (+9) for her fourth career top 10 finish. Freshman Syndi Leung carded a third round 75 (+4) and finished her collegiate debut with a total of 223 (+10) to tie for 16th. Freshmen Kayla Burke closed her collegiate debut with a third round 76 (+5) and a total of 227 (+14). Junior Maria Jose Atristain Vega and freshman Elise Schultz totaled 228 (+15) for the three rounds to tie for 27th. Sophomore Olivia Schmidt had her best round of the tournament with a third round 75 (+4) to finish tied for 32nd with a three-round total of 229 (+16).

The Red Wolves travel to Mobile, Ala., for the USA Intercollegiate Sept. 14-16 in its next event. For the latest on A-State women’s golf, follow on Twitter (@AStateGolf), Facebook (/AStateWGolf) and Instagram (AStateWGolf).

Payne Stewart Memorial | Twin Oaks CC | Springfield, Mo.

5. Arkansas State | 303-300-299=902 (+50)
T10. Grayson Gladden | 77-73-72=222 (+9)
T16. Sydni Leung* | 74-74-75=223 (+11)
T23. Kayla Burke | 75-76-76=227 (+14)
T27. Maria Jose Atristain Vega | 77-75-76=228 (+15)
T27. Elise Schultz | 74-77-77=228 (+15)
T32. Olivia Schmidt | 78-76-75=229 (+16)
*Competing as individual