SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (9/9/19) – Competing in its first tournament of the 2019-20 season, the Arkansas State women’s golf team shot at a combined 603 (+35) Monday at the Payne Stewart Memorial to complete the 54-hole tournament’s opening two rounds in sixth place among 12 teams.

The Red Wolves recorded a first-round 303 (+19) at the Twin Oaks Country Club and followed with a 300 (+16) for the second 18 holes, ending the day three strokes behind both Creighton (+32) and Wichita State (+32). UTEP shot a 589 (+21) to lead the way while host-school Missouri State stands second at 591 (+23) and Oral Roberts is third after shooting a 597 (+23).

“I’m very pleased with our start today,” said A-State head coach M.J. Desbiens Shaw. “Our freshmen class played very well and showed a lot of confidence on the course. Sydni (Leung) had two solid rounds and showed great consistency throughout the day. Elise (Schultz) and Kayla (Burke) were fantastic to watch and showed a lot of maturity handling their first collegiate start. Both of them kept the ball in the fairway and put themselves in great position to make birdies.

As a team, we played well today. I’m proud of each and every one of them for their efforts and perseverance during this very hot day. We are definitely moving in the right direction and we are ready to play 18 more tomorrow and move up the leaderboard!”

Competing as an individual, freshman Sydni Leung carded a 74 (+3) for both rounds, placing her tied for eighth with a combined 148 (+6) to lead A-State. A second round 73 (+2) helped senior Grayson Gladden finish the day with a total of 150 (+8) to stand 18th on the individual leaderboard. Freshman Elise Schultz equaled Leung’s 74 (+3) in the first round before carding a 77 (+6) in the second round to finish 36 holes with a total of 151 (+9) to tie for 19th. Freshman Kayla Burke also totaled 151 (+9) over the first 36 holes to tie for 19th, shooting 75 (+4) in the first round and 76 (+5) in the second round.

Junior Maria Jose Atristain Vega gives A-State four individuals inside the top-25 as she is tied for 25th with a two-round total of 152 (+10). After firing a first round 77 (+6), Atristain Vega carded a 75 (+4) for the second round. Sophomore Olivia Schmidt is just outside the top 30 as her 36-hole total of 154 (+12) ranks her tied for 34th. Schmidt opened with a 78 (+7) before improving in the second round with a 76 (+5).

The Payne Stewart Memorial third-and-final round will be played Tuesday. 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.
After 36 Holes

6. Arkansas State | 303-300=603 (+35)
T8. Sydni Leung* | 74-74=148 (+6)
18. Grayson Gladden | 77-73=150 (+2)
T19. Kayla Burke | 75-76=151 (+9)
T19. Elise Schultz | 74-77=151 (+9)
T25. Maria Jose Atristain Vega | 77-75=152 (+10)
T34. Olivia Schmidt | 78-76=154 (+12)
*Competing as individual