Lady Lions post Top 5 finish

FORT SMITH — Senior Celeste Gish shot a 15-over par 155 to lead the UAFS women’s golf team to a fourth-place finish on Tuesday in the 15th annual Northeastern State University Classic at Cherokee Hills Golf Club in Catoosa, Okla.

UAFS shot an 82-over 642 (319-323) and finished 33 strokes behind classic winner Arkansas Tech.

The Lady Lions were playing in their first tournament of the fall season and were the only Heartland Conference team in the 11-team field.

Gish shot rounds of 77-78 and finished 10th in the 57-player field. Freshman Anne Stiles shot a 22-over 162 (78-84) and finished 14th, junior Taylor Arnold shot a 24-over 164 (83-81) as did junior Molly Franks (81-83) and finished tied for 18th and sophomore Mikayla Rosser shot a 25-over 165 (84-81).

Wonder Boys tie for 8th at Brickyard invite

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Alex Mahlik improved four strokes from his first two rounds to shoot a final round 71 (-1) and finish tied for 18th with a tournament score of 221 (+5) as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys golf team finished tied for eighth at the Brickyard Invitational in Indianapolis, Indiana on Tuesday.

The Wonder Boys improved in each round and finished with a team score of 900 (+36) to place in a tie for eighth with University of North Carolina-Pembroke and Central Oklahoma. Barry University edged out Central Missouri by two strokes with an 856 (-8) to capture the win. Adam Svennson of Barry University took individual medalist with a 202 (-14).

Tech will return to action on Monday, September 23rd in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma to play in the Northeastern State Classic.

Jeffery captures medalist honors in playoff

CATOOSA, Okla. -– Junior Megan Jeffery used a birdie on the first playoff hole to capture individual medalist honors after finishing in a three-way tie for first with a final-round 72 (+2), while junior Rebecka Surtevall shaved nine strokes off her first day score with a second-round 71 (+1) to finish tied for fourth, as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns golf team fired a final-round 300 to capture a ten stroke victory at the 15th Annual NSU Golf Classic on Tuesday.

The trio of Jeffery, Northeastern State’s Baylee Price, and Southwestern Oklahoma’s Ana-Laura Gomez finished five strokes ahead of Surtevall and Harding’s Emily Plyler, while the Golden Suns finished 10 strokes ahead of second-place Southwestern Oklahoma, 18 strokes ahead of third-place Northeastern State, and 33 strokes ahead of fourth-place University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.

Henderson State finished 46 strokes back in fifth, Harding was 56 strokes back in sixth, East Central was 65 strokes back in seventh.

The Golden Suns will return to action Oct. 1-2, as they travel to the University of Indianapolis for a two-day event.

UALR’s team finishes tied for 4th

NORMAL, Ill. — The UALR men’s golf team finished in a tie for fourth at the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate at Weibring Golf Club on Monday.

Junior Johann Voss led UALR with a career-best finish, tying for sixth place after a three-under par 68 in Monday’s final round put him at three-over 216 for the tournament.

The Trojans (+23, 875) began the final round tied for the lead, but a score of 12-over 296 on Monday moved them into a tie for fourth with Northern Iowa and placed them seven strokes back of winner Loyola-Chicago (+16, 868).

Junior Alfred Kerstis ended the event in a tie for 12th at five-over 218, just four strokes back of the lead. Senior Luis Cedeno tied for 33rd at nine-over 222. Junior Colby Benton ended the event at 11-over par 224.

UALR will have next weekend off before competing at the HBU Husky Invitational in Missouri City, Texas beginning Monday, Sept. 30.

Red Wolves finishes tied for 7th

NORMAL, Ill. — The Arkansas State men’s golf team posted a final-round 292 on Monday to climb from 11th place to tied for seventh in the final standings at the two-day D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate played on the Illinois State University Golf Course.

The Red Wolves, competing in their second tournament of the season, ended the opening 18 holes tied for ninth place with a 297, but dropped to 11th place in Sunday’s second round despite cutting a stroke off its first-round total. However, freshman Landon Hearnes and sophomore Seth Garner both carded a final-round 71, the lowest score by an A-State player at the tournament, to catapult the Red Wolves up four places in the standings on Monday.

A-State finished tied with Bradley and Loyola-Chicago claimed the tournament championship, while Purdue was runner-up and host Illinois State finished third.

The Red Wolves were led by Hearnes, who finished a season-best tied for 16th place with a combined 219. Hearnes improved his score each round, shooting a 75 and 73 for the first two rounds that were followed by his 71.

Jennigs, Reddies win Mulerider classic

EL DORADO — Matt Jennings had a 36-hole total of 151 to lead the Henderson State men’s golf team to a first-place finish at Mulerider Classic in El Dorado.

Jennings had rounds of 75 and 76 on the challenging Mystic Creek Course. The senior from Prairie City, Iowa led the Reddies with five birdies and 20 pars. Jennings won medalist honors by five strokes.

Gil Debusscher tied for second place after rounds of 74 and 82 on the par-72, 7,090-yard course.

Also finishing in the top 10 were Price Murphee in eighth-place (78-83) and Joseph Hausberger in ninth-place (80-82).

Wess Webb finished in 14th place after opening with a round of 87, and finishing with a 79 on Tuesday.

The Reddies won the four-team event by 19 strokes ending with a team score of 626.

Dallas Baptist placed second with a team score of 645, while Southern Arkansas finished third (652) and Ouachita Baptist fourth (658).

The Reddies will next travel to Broken Arrow, Okla. to participate in the 15th Annual Northeastern State Classic on Sept. 23 and 24.

Lady Reddies place two in Top 10

EL DORADO — Sophomore Pamela Quiatchon finished sixth and freshman Lauren Johnson finished 10th to lead the University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s golf team to a third place finish at the season-opening Mulerider Fall Classic played at Mystic Creek Golf Club.

Quiatchon turned in scores of 92 and 90 for a two-round total of 182, just three strokes behind fifth place finisher Kirsten Pike of Dallas Baptist University. Johnson had scores of 96 and 90 to finish just one stroke back of eighth place finishers Amanda Levin and Nicole Vallandingham, both of host Southern Arkansas.

UAM’s Sammy Rodriguez followed in 12th place with a two-round total of 205, Linda Williams finished 14th at 210 and Rachel Bedenbaugh finished 18th at 246.

As a team, UAM totaled a two-round score of 783, just one stroke behind runner-up Southern Arkansas. Dallas Baptist won the team crown at 666, led by individual medalist Mercedes Rios with scores of 81 and 82.

Ouachita Baptist rounded out the field at 860.

The Blossoms are back in action September 27-28 at the Lady Reddie Invitational at Degray State Park Golf Course.

Warriors open golf season

TUNICA, Miss. — The Hendrix College men’s golf team opened the 2013-14 season by competing in the Rhodes College Men’s Fall Classic at Tunica National on Sunday and Monday. The Warriors, under new head coach Jay Lester, shot a 328-320—648, placing 20th.

Junior Cory Ziegler paced Hendrix by shooting a pair of 75s for a two-round score of 150 and tying for 26th place. Freshman Kevin Austrian shot a 79-82—61, tying for 82nd and junior John Weirich tied for 94th with an 88-77—165.

Senior Travis Weeks shot an 86-88=174, and freshman Greg Lanese had an 88-86—174, both tying for 99th.

Rhodes, the host, won the event with a score of 587.

The Warriors will be back in action on Oct. 15-16 at the Louisiana College Fall Tournament in Alexandria, La.

Lester returns, takes over golf program

CONWAY — Former Hendrix College golf standout Jay Lester has returned to his alma mater to take over the men’s and women’s golf programs.

Lester was an All-Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference and NAIA All-District 17 selection for the Warriors as a senior in 1982. As an amateur, he was ranked in the top ten in Arkansas from 1989-98. Lester has notched five ASGA wins and eight runner-up finishes during his career.

Lester has won the City of Little Rock championship twice and the Hindman Golf Course Club championships nine times, as well as a Camden Country Club title.

During his career, Lester has registered 10 hole-in-ones and five double eagles. He is renowned for his short game abilities in both chipping and putting.

"I am very pleased to be able to hand the program over to the more than capable hands of Coach Jay Lester," said Assistant Athletic Director and previous head golf coach Thad McCracken. "The college has made a great decision to hire someone to coach the golf teams on a full-time basis; and then to be able to have that person be an outstanding alum and accomplished amateur golfer is incredible. I have no doubt that the golfers and the program will benefit immensely from the college’s decision and I couldn’t be happier or more excited."

A native of Camden, Ark., Lester graduated from Hendrix with a B.A. in Economics in Business in 1982.

He and his wife Sandie have two sons - Ben and Jack - and reside in Maumelle.