TULSA, Okla. (9/26/17) – Led by four players collecting top-25 individual finishes, the Arkansas State women’s golf team completed play Tuesday at the Mark Allen ORU Shootout in third place among 17 teams with a combined 906 score.
One year after placing eighth at the ORU Shootout, the Red Wolves tied their third best finish ever at the tournament behind only their second-place showings during the 2011-12 and 2006-07 seasons. A-State’s three-round 906 shot this year showed a 22-stroke improvement over its total recorded at the same tourney last year.
Arkansas State’s first two tournaments played this season have resulted in its best back-to-back combined team scores (906 and 908) since posting a 903 at the EKU Lady Colonel Classic and 898 at the Sun Belt Conference Championships in 2011. Additionally, its 906 was its third lowest three-round score over its last 35 tournaments dating back to the 2013-14 season.
“This was a great event for our team,” said A-State head coach M.J. Desbiens Shaw. “We are getting better, and it’s really starting to show in our tournament play. Our team led the par-5 scoring, playing them under par, and we had the second most birdies in the field. I’m excited about our four top-25 finishes, and it was a great tournament for Beth Ann (Compton) with her best career finish.”
The Red Wolves stood in second place after shooting a first-round 299, but dropped two places in the standings after posting a 307 for the second 18 holes. A-State came back today to record 300, helping it move past a UTEP team that entered the day one place ahead of the Red Wolves.
A-State finished just six strokes behind host Oral Roberts, while Lamar claimed the championship with an 896. The Red Wolves also finished ahead of Sun Belt Conference members Louisiana-Monroe and UT Arlington.
Compton led Arkansas State, finishing tied for fourth place with a combined 220 (74-73-73) that tied the best three-round score of her career. She has now placed among the top 10 players in each of the Red Wolves’ first two tournaments and in nine career outings. The junior has shot a 75 or better all six rounds this season, and her 73 recorded in both the second and third rounds were the best of the tourney by an A-State player.
Sarah Childers collected her sixth career top-15 finish, placing tied for 15th with a 227 (75-77-75) that tied the third-lowest three-round score of her career. The senior shot a 226 twice before, including once as a junior and a sophomore.
Emma Miller, also a senior, turned in a 229 (74-77-78) that registered as the third lowest 54-hole score of her career as well. She placed tied for 19th to pick up her seventh career top-20 finish, and her 229 total was seven strokes off her career-best score recorded as a sophomore.
Aracelly Jimenez Rios followed in a tie for 22nd place, which counted as her 14th career top-25 outing. The junior shot a 231 (76-81-74), including a season-best 74 for the final 18 holes.
Also competing for the Red Wolves, freshman Maria Jose Atristain Vega finished tied for 53rd place with a 237 (83-75-79) and sophomore Grayson Gladden came in tied for 75th with a 241 (79-80-82).
Arkansas State returns to action Oct. 6-8 at the Xavier Invitational in Daytona Beach, Fla.
ARKANSAS STATE RESULTS
Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2-RD 3—Total)
3, Arkansas State (299-307-300—906)
T4, Beth Ann Compton (74-73-73—220)
T15, Sarah Childers (75-77-75—227)
T19, Emma Miller (74-77-78—229)
T22, Aracelly Jimenez Rios (76-81-74—231)
T53, *Maria Jose Atristain Vega (83-75-79—237)
T75, Grayson Gladden (79-80-82—241)
*Competed as an individual