Lions place sixth at invitational

FORT SMITH — Josh Tomlinson shot a 5-over par 149 to lead the UAFS men’s golf team to a sixth-place finish in the Newman University Fall Invitational at Reflection Ridge in Wichita, Kan., on Tuesday.

UAFS shot a combined 44-over par 620 (306-314) and finished 38 strokes behind champion Oklahoma Christian University, which shot a 6-over 582 (293-289) during the two-day, seven-team event.

Oklahoma Christian just edged Indian Hills Community College, which finished two strokes off the lead with an 8-over 584 (290-294). Cameron University was third with a 13-over 589 (302-287), Texas A&M-Commerce was fourth with a 26-over 602 (309-293), host Newman was fifth with a 27-over 603 (299-304) and Oklahoma Panhandle State was seventh with an 84-over 660 (330-330).

Bisons win GAC preview

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Harding men’s golf team held on to its second round lead to win the Great American Conference Preview on Tuesday at Lake Hefner Golf Club. The top six teams in the tournament, which featured nine of the 11 teams in the conference, were separated by only 12 strokes.

It was Harding’s 11th victory all-time and its first since winning the 2011 Bison Spring Classic. The victory was Harding’s first outside of Arkansas since winning the 2003 Freed-Hardeman Invitational in Henderson, Tenn.

Harding won the event with a 54-hole score of 863, the best three-round score in program history. The old record was 867, set at the 1997 NAIA Regional. Southeastern Oklahoma was second at 867 with Southern Nazarene and Henderson State tied for third at 869.

The Bisons’ top finisher was senior Lucas Collins, who shot 3-under 213 for the tournament to finish tied for fifth. His score tied for the second-best 54-hole performance by a Bison, trailing only Brad Wood’s 210 at the 1997 NAIA Regional. It was Collins’ second career top-5 finish and sixth career top-10 finish.

Harding’s next action is Sept. 23-24 at the Northeastern State Classic in Tahlequah, Okla.

Tech’s Mahlik takes second overall

OKLAHOMA CITY — Alex Mahlik captured second place after carding a final round 69 (-3) to finish with a tournament score of 205 (-11) as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys men’s golf team finished fifth with a team score of 871 (+7) at the Great American Conference Preview tournament in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Tuesday.

The Wonder Boys fell outside a tie for third with Henderson State and Southern Nazarene by just two strokes and finished eight strokes behind first place finisher Harding who shot a tournament score of 863 (-1).

Alex Mahlik finished two strokes behind Southern Nazarene’s Matt Hearne who captured individual medalist honors with a tournament-best final round of 62 (-10) and tournament score of 203 (-13).

Tech will return to action on Monday, September 16th at the Brickyard Invitational at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Surtevall captures medalist honors, Suns finish 2nd

BOLIVAR, Mo. – Junior Rebecka Surtevall carded a final-round 70 (-2) to finish with a two-round score of 146 (+2) to capture individual medalist honors by four strokes, while Megan Jeffery turned in a final-round 75 (+3) and Taylor Kline added a final-round 77 (+5) to land in a three-way tie for third place with Drury’s Heather Gladfelter after a final score of 153 (+9), as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns turned in a second-place finish at the Drury Fall Shootout.

The Golden Suns shaved seven strokes off their opening-round 312 to shoot a final-round 305, but host and team champion Drury’s final-round 307 ensured a one-stroke margin between the two teams.

Caroline Fredensborg fired a final-round 83 (+11) to tie for 25th while Laura Gallizo shot an 89 (+17) to finish in 34th to round out the individual scores.

The Golden Suns will return to action on Sept. 16-17, competing at the Northeastern State Classic in Tahlequah, Okla.

Holden ties for 5th to lead A-State

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -– Senior Chance Holden finished a career-best tied for fifth place to lead the Arkansas State men’s golf team to a tie for 11th place at the Sam H. Hall Intercollegiate, which was the Red Wolves’ first tournament of their 2013-14 season.

A-State’s lineup, which included two true freshmen, a junior and a pair of seniors, completed the two-day tournament Tuesday at the Hattiesburg Country Club with a final-round 292. The Red Wolves recorded a combined three-round score of 866 for their lowest total since posting an 864 at the Seminole Intercollegiate during the 2011-12 campaign.

ASU shot a first-round 295 on Monday, but came back to record a 279 for the second 18 holes and climb from 14th place into a tie for 11th. The Red Wolves’ second-round score was their lowest since shooting a 272 at the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate in 2009.

Arkansas State finished tied with Rice and also ahead of Houston Baptist, Louisiana-Monroe and Jackson State at the tournament, won by Louisiana-Lafayette with an 837 score. Mississippi State finished second, while South Alabama claimed third among the 15-team field.

A-State will continue its 2013-14 season Sept. 15-16 at the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate in Normal, Ill.

Henderson’s Jennings ties for fifth

OKLAHOMA CITY — Matt Jennings shot a three-round total of 213 to tie for fifth-place at the Great American Conference Preview Golf Tournament.

Jennings posted scores of 71, 69, and 73 to finish 3-under par and lead the Reddies to a tie for third-place out of nine teams.

The Prairie City, Iowa product had 14 birdies in the 54-hole event and shot 6-under on the par-5 holes.

Wess Webb posted rounds of 74, 71, and 71 to finish tied for ninth-place.

Harding won the tournament with a 963 total, while Southeastern Oklahoma placed second with a 867, two strokes ahead of Henderson State and Southern Nazarene.

Lady Reddies place fourth at shootout

BOLIVAR, Mo. — Henderson State posted scores of 326 and 317 to place fourth at the Drury University Fall Shootout.

Ally Harris led the Lady Reddies finishing tied for 12th, posting scores of 80 and 79 on the par-72, 5965-yard course.

Katie Flinn and Katie Kilponen tied for 15th with a two-day total of 161.

Flinn opened the tournament with a round of 77 on Monday, followed by an 84 on Tuesday.

Kilponen turned in a score of 83 to open the tournament, and finished with a 78.

Drury won the tournament with a team total of 616, followed by Arkansas Tech (617), and Southwestern Oklahoma (631).

Henderson’s score of 643 was two shots better than fifth-place Northeastern State and Northwest Missouri (645), with William Jewell College placing seventh (661). Truman State (698) and Southwest Baptist (764) finished eighth and ninth.

Pair of Top 5 finishes propels UCA to second

LINCOLN, Neb. — Two Top 5 individual performances propelled the University of Central Arkansas Women’s golf team to a second-place finish at the University of Nebraska 2013 Chip-N Club Invitational at the Wilderness Ridge Golf Course on Tuesday.

Junior Malin Senneryd finished third overall, shooting 73-71-74 for a 2-over 218, edging out sophomore teammate Sarah Brown in fourth place at 75-71-73—219. UCA finished with an 892 total, trailing only host Nebraska (874).

Following Nebraska and UCA was Wichita State in third (901), followed by Iowa (910), Missouri State (922), North Dakota State (926), UMKC (941), Houston Baptist (948), Nebraska-Omaha (967), Southern Miss (969), South Dakota (976), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (977) and Creighton (996).