UAM finishes third at 8-team meet

ETOWAH, N.C. — The University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s golf team opened the 2015-16 season with a third place finish out of eight teams at the Etowah Intercollegiate hosted by Lincoln Memorial University and Brevard College this past Monday and Tuesday. Sophomore Frida Rydberg and junior Lauren Johnson led the Blossoms by tying for sixth place out of 40 participants. Rydberg turned in scores of 82 and 80, while Johnson carded an 81 in both rounds. Junior Pamela Quiatchon finished 25th (85, 93) junior Sammy Rodriguez tied for 30th (86, 95) and sophomore Brianna Dickerson finished in 33rd (93, 92). Lincoln Memorial was the top team in the event with a two-round total of 625, followed by Queens Charlotte at 650 and UAM at 680. The Blossoms are back in action this upcoming Monday and Tuesday, September 28-29 at the Union Fall Classic in Jackson, Tenn. UAM finished second last season.

A-State clinches runner-up

CORDOVA, Tenn. — The Arkansas State men’s golf team claimed runner-up honors at the Memphis Intercollegiate, shooting a final-round 288 Tuesday at the Colonial Country Club to end the 54-hole tournament with a combined 862. Arkansas State ended the first round in fourth place after posting a 292, but cut eight strokes off that total in the second round to jump to the top of the leader board. The Red Wolves’ 862 total tied their best three-round score over the last five seasons. A-State completed the tournament ahead of 11 teams, including Sun Belt Conference member UALR. Five players collected a top-15 finish to pace the Red Wolves, including senior Ossie Schlenkrich with a team and career-best fourth-place effort. Schlenkrich posted a career-best 212, including a final-round 69 that helped him move up six places in the standings. Seeing his first action this season, sophomore Trent Jones placed tied for seventh to tie his career-best finish. He carded a career-low 71 for each of the first two rounds and shot a 73 today, giving him a 215 that was the lowest three-round score of his career as well. Senior Seth Garner picked up his seventh career top-15 finish after shooting a combined 216 that tied his third best personal score at A-State. He carded a second-round 70, which was preceded and followed by a 73. A pair of freshmen in Cameron McRae and Joel Wendin rounded out A-State’s players claiming a top-15 finish. They both entered today’s final round tied for 21st, but McRae shot a 73 to Wendin’s 72 as they placed 14th and tied for 15th, respectively. Also competing for the Red Wolves, junior Matt Loiacano finished tied for 63rd with a 232. A-State returns to action Sept. 26-27 at the Sun Belt Fall Preview in Destin, Fla.

Henderson State wins NSU classic

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — Henderson State posted a final round team score of 285 and went on to win the 17th Annual Northeastern State University Golf Classic, Tuesday in Bartlesville, Okla. The Reddies used a tournament best 15 birdies in the final round to pull away from second-place finisher Southwestern Oklahoma. Henderson State finished with a 54-hole total of 874, five strokes ahead of the Bulldogs (879) and seven better than third-place Arkansas Tech (881). Price Murphree and Wess Webb carded the best rounds for the Reddies on Tuesday with a 3-under, 68 on the par 71, 6,607-yard Hillcrest Country Club Course. Murphee finished tied for fifth overall with a three-round total of 217. Webb shot a 68 to tie for 10th overall. The senior from El Dorado completed the tournament with a team-best 10 birdies. Drew Greenwood was Henderson’s top finisher placing tied for second-place after carding a final round 78. Greenwood ended with a 215 total after having scores of 66 and 71 in the first two rounds. Also finishing in the Top 20 was Kevin Boutier (20th, 225) followed by Gil Debusscher (50th, 234). Mauricio Lira competed as an individual and finished tied for 24th overall.

Burke takes medalist honors, Wonder Boys nab third

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — On the strength of a final-round 68, freshman Bryce Burke took home medalist honors at the 17th Annual Northeastern State Classic Tuesday, helping boost the Arkansas Tech men’s golf team to a third-place finish overall. Burke, who was second in his first collegiate event last week, tied for the lowest score of each of the final two rounds at Hillcrest Country Club, finishing with a 3-under 210 in the three round event, which was five shots better than the next closest finisher. Tech finished with a 29-over 881 total, coming in just behind Great American Conference rivals Henderson State and Southwestern Oklahoma, who took up the top two spots. Junior Austin Smith, who tied with Burke for the lowest second round Monday with a 70, fired a 1-over 72 to close out the tournament with a 4-over 217, good enough for a tie for fifth place in the 83-player field. Classmate Julio Arguelles finished 26th (227), followed by D.J. Godoy (31st, 228), and senior Dylan Lovell (48th, 233). Competing unattached, senior Jordan Hawkes tied for 42nd (231.) The Wonder Boys take two weeks off before getting back on the course Oct. 12-13 at the Central Region Invitational, hosted by Missouri Western at St. Joseph Country Club.

Harding’s Banger ties for second

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - Harding sophomore Mason Banger shot 2-over 73 in the third round of the 17th Annual NSU Golf Classic on Tuesday at Hillcrest Country Club. He tied for second place with a 54-hole score of 2-over 215. It was Banger’s first career top-5 finish, his career-best 54-hole score and the fifth-best three-round tournament score in program history. Only twice in Harding’s NCAA era has a Bison golfer shot a lower 54-hole score than Banger’s 215. Alex Williamson shot 210 at the GAC Preview in 2014, and Lucas Collins shot 213 at the 2013 GAC Preview. Harding’s team shot 302 in the third round and finished in sixth of 16 teams with an 899. It was the Bisons’ ninth sub-900 tournament in program history. Freshman Jackson Smith also shot 1-over 73 on Tuesday and finished tied for 20th (225). Sophomore Alan Anderson tied for 35th (229), sophomore Cameron Murry tied for 39th (230), and freshman Ryan Williamson tied for 69th (242).

Lions Finish 10th In NSU Golf Classic

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – UAFS made a mid-day push up the leaderboard of the 17th annual Northeastern State Golf Classic during Tuesday’s final round, but the Lions couldn’t hold off the field late. The Lions were 10th after the first two rounds on Monday and moved up to seventh during the final round before settling on a 10th place finish in the 16-team event held at Hillcrest Country Club. Freshman Cody Shore shot a 15-over 228 (72-78-78) to lead the UAFS contingent and finished tied for 31st. Sophomore Dalton Rhoden shot a 16-over 229 (76-76-77) and finished tied for 35th, sophomore Drew Miller shot a 17-over 230 (76-80-74) and finished tied for 39th, sophomore Chris Eckes shot a 19-over 232 (76-76-80) and finished tied for 46th and sophomore Jace Gallington shot a 36-over 249 (80-81-88) and finished 76th.

Reynolds ties for fifth at Memphis

CORDOVA, Tenn. – Tyler Reynolds tied for fifth place at the Memphis Intercollegiate at Colonial Country Club on Tuesday. Reynolds moved up eight spots over the final day thanks to his second straight round of 2-under 70, leaving him at 2 under par for the tournament. Host Memphis won the event after finishing with a team score of 859. Arkansas State, who entered the final round with a one-stroke win, placed second with a team score of 862. Little Rock placed sixth as a team, finishing with a team score of 878. Reynolds was one of just 10 players to finish the event under par. Beau Hanson was Little Rock’s next finisher, ending the tournament at 3 over par after carding a 2-over 74 in round three. Hanson ended the event in a tie for 15th place. Noah Tullos tied for 31st overall. Matias Calderon started strong, but a 7-over 79 on Tuesday dropped him into a tie for 34th place. This weekend, Little Rock will compete at the Sun Belt Preview in Miramar Beach, Fla. The two-day event begins Saturday.