A-State wraps up fall schedule

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The Arkansas State women’s golf team concluded play in the Blue Raider Invitational on Tuesday completing the two-day tournament at the Old Fort Golf Club with a combined 922 to place it 10th among 15 teams.

The Red Wolves posted an opening-round 315 followed by a 299, its best score of the tournament, for the following 18 holes on Monday. A-State shot a 308 for the final round, pushing its total to 922 that left it five strokes behind ninth-place Tennessee Tech. Arkansas State finished ahead of Sun Belt Conference foe UALR, Belmont, UMKC, UTEP and Austin Peay State.

The Red Wolves were led by freshman Maci Arrington and junior Megan Garland, who both finished tied for 25th place with a 229. Arrington was responsible for the lowest round of the tournament by an A-State player with a 72 recorded for the second 18 holes. Garland has now posted a top-25 finish in all four tournaments played by the Red Wolves, while Arrington ended play among the top 25 individuals for the second straight outing.

The Blue Raider Invitational wrapped up the fall portion of A-State’s 2013-14 schedule, which included three top-four finishes by the Red Wolves.

Arkansas State returns to action Feb. 10-11 at the Le Triomphe Collegiate Invitational at Brussard, La.

Teams finish at UAM Classic

SHERWOOD — The University of Arkansas at Monticello men’s and women’s golf teams both finished in fifth place at the Deltic Timber/Commercial Bank Fall Classic played at The Greens at North Hills in the final tournament of fall portion of the 2013-14 schedule.

The women were led by freshman Lauren Johnson, who improved four spots from the first round to finish in eighth place out of 34 participants with scores of 89 and 85. Sammy Rodriguez finished 14th with a two-round total of 180, Linda Williams finished 27th at 203 and Rachel Bedenbaugh finished 29th at 222. Pamela Quiatchon played the second round only and turned in an 84.

Rogers State won both the women’s and men’s team titles. The RSU women had a two-round team total of 682, 15 strokes ahead of second place finisher William Carey University. The RSU men won by just two strokes with a two-round total of 615 ahead of Ouachita Baptist at 617, Missouri Southern at 619 and SouthernArkansas at 620. UAM finished at 635.

Sophomore Billie Trawick led the UAM men in a tie for 12th place with scores of 76 and 80. Theodor Karlsson finished one stroke behind at 157 with scores of 78 and 79 for a tie for 15th place. Ari Magnusson tied for 18th at 160, Hunter Smith tied for 22nd at 162.

Ouachita Baptist’s Drew Greenwood won men’s title with scores of 73 and 70.

Lady Bisons place third

SHERWOOD — Harding juniors Emily Plyler and Brittany Marquez tied for third of 34 golfers in the 36-hole Deltoid Timber/Commercial Bank Fall Classic, played Monday and Tuesday at the Greens at North Hills.

Harding placed third among the six teams in the tournament with a team score of 711. Rogers State won at 682, and William Carey placed second at 707. The Lady Bisons were the top finisher among the four Great American Conference schools in competition.

Plyler and Marquez both shot 169 and finished behind individual medialist Sarah Hicks (165) of William Carey and Michelle Tierney (168) of Rogers State.

Harding’s other golfers included freshman Charles Anne Freeman (t-19, 186), freshman Allyson Springer (21st, 187), and sophomore Lani Schwartz (23rd, 196).


O’DOWD earns GAC runner of the week honors

RUSSELLVILLE — Laura O’Dowd earned the final Great American Conference Runner of the Week for the season as she finished 12th overall and first out of all Division II runners at the 5K UALR Invitational in Little Rock, Arkansas with a time of 18:52.

O’Dowd gets her first Runner of the Week honor in her career as a Golden Sun which is also the first one of the season for Tech.

The junior from Leitrim, Ireland, led the team to a second place Division II finish. She missed her personal best time for a 5K by one second which she set at the Missouri Southern Stampede on Sept. 21, 2013.

Tech will host the GAC Championships on Arkansas Tech’s campus on Oct. 26.


Shannon earns national weekly honors

CONWAY — Hendrix College redshirt freshman safety Caleb Shannon was named to the National Team of the Week on Wednesday.

Shannon recorded two interceptions, eight tackles and a pair of pass breakups in Saturday’s 30-17 win over Berry. Shannon, from The Woodlands, Texas, returned his first interception 13 yards to the Vikings’ nine yard-line, setting up the Warriors’ first touchdown of the game in the second quarter.

His second interception came in the end zone during the third quarter, leading to a Hendrix touchdown on their ensuing drive.

Shannon was also named the Southern Athletic Association’s Defensive Player of the Week.

The Warriors will step out of conference play on Saturday when they travel to Sherman, Texas to face Austin College.