UALR’s Berglund ties for 8th at challenge

WOLCOTT, Colo. — Junior Sofia Berglund picked up her second straight top-10 finish after ending the Golfweek Conference Challenge in a tie for eighth place.

Berglund carded a one-over 73 on the Fazio Course at Red Sky Golf Club in Wednesday’s final round to put her at nine-over par for the tournament.

After opening with an eight-over 80 on Monday, Berglund moved up 32 spots in Tuesday’s second round with an even-par 72. She began Wednesday in a tie for 12th place, but her final-round 73 moved her up the leaderboard and into position for her second top-10 finish in as many events, already exceeding her total from a year ago.

The Trojans combined for a team score of 25-over par 313 for the second straight round to finish alone in 12th place. Pepperdine finished the tournament at five-over par to earn first-place honors, finishing 36 shots ahead of runner-up UC Davis (+41). TCU (+46) placed third, while Denver and East Tennessee State tied for fourth at 53-over par.

UALR will be back in action next week when it travels to Tulsa, for the ORU Shootout, he two-day event begins Sept. 30 at Meadowbrook CC.

UCA finishes 11th at challenge

WOLCOTT, Colo. — The University of Central Arkansas women’s golf team finished 11th on Wednesday at the 18-team Golfweek Conference Challenge the Fazio Course at Red Sky Golf Club.

UCA shot 315-320-315 for a 950 total.

UCA junior Malin Senneryd, from Linkoping, Sweden, tied for 22nd, sophomore Sarah Brown tied for 37th, along with freshman Kendra Bishop. Sophomore Frida Svensson was 78th while freshman Elisa Axelsen tied for 79th.

Wonder Boys take 5th at NSU Classic

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Jason Purdy captured a tie for 20th with a final-round 82 (+10) and a tournament score of 229 (+13) as the Arkansas Tech men’s golf team took fifth place at this week’s Northeastern State Classic in Broken Arrow, Okla., with a team score of 918 (+54).

The Wonder Boys finished 21 strokes behind Central Missouri who won the tournament with an 897 (+33) team score. Tech placed four golfers, including Rowdy Garrett (tie 26th), Alex Mahlik (tie 29th) and Julio Arquelles (tie 29th) in the top 30 for the first time this season.

Tech will return to action on Oct. 7 to play in the Heart of America Invitational in Warrensburg, Mo.

Reddies finish 7th at classic

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Henderson State posted a team score of 925 to finish in seventh place out of 16 teams at the Northeastern State Golf Classic.

The Reddies opened the 54-hole event with totals of 309 and 306 on Monday and finished with a team score of 310 on Tuesday.

Matt Jennings led the Reddies finishing with a three-round total of 224 to place eighth. Jennings posted rounds of 75 and 74 on day one, and turned in a score of 75 for the final round.

Central Missouri won the event with a team total of 897, followed by Northeastern State (904) and Central Oklahoma (913).

Southeastern Oklahoma was the top school from the Great American Conference finishing in fourth-place (916) while Arkansas Tech finished two strokes behind the Storm in fifth-place.

HU’s Williamson ties for 2nd at NSU Classic

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -– Harding sophomore Alex Williamson turned in the best finish of his career and led the Bisons to an eighth-place finish at the 16-team, 54-hole NSU Golf Classic, played Monday and Tuesday at Emerald Falls Golf Club in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Williamson, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., shot a 6-over 222 to finish tied for second, just four strokes back of individual medalist Michael Hearne of Southern Nazarene. Williamson’s previous career-best finish was third at the 2012 Bison Fall Golf Classic. It was his third career top-5 finish.

Williamson led the Bisons with nine birdies and had the team’s only eagle. He was the top player in the tournament on the par 5s, playing them at 5-under par.

Harding is off for the next week before continuing its fall schedule on Oct. 7-8 at the Indian Bayou Invitational in Destin, Fla.

UCA Women’s 10th at Golfweek Challenge (Tuesday)

WOLCOTT, Colo. — The University of Central Arkansas women’s golf team is in 10th place after two rounds of the Golfweek Conference Challenge being played at the Fazio Course at Red Sky Golf Club.

UCA stands at 315-320—635. Pepperdine has a 22-stroke lead at 585.

Junior Malin Senneryd, from Linkoping, Sweden, is tied for 14th place. Sophomore Sarah Brown is tied for 28th, while freshman Kendra Bishop is tied for 37th. Freshman Elisa Axelsen is tied for 68th) and sophomore Frida Svensson is tied for 83rd.

Berglund advances 32 spots in Round 2 (Tuesday)

WOLCOTT, Colo. — After starting the day in a tie for 14th place, the UALR women’s golf team moved up three spots into sole possession of 11th place at the Golfweek Conference Challenge.

Junior Sofia Berglund led the Trojans for the second consecutive day, firing an even-par 72 in round two to stay at eight-over for the tournament and move into a tie for 12th place.

Berglund moved up 32 spots over the course of round two and was one of just five players to finish the second day at Red Sky Golf Club with a round of even par or better. She will enter today’s final round just two shots back of cracking the top ten for the second straight event.

The Trojans bettered their round one total by 15 shots, finishing with a 25-over par 313 on Tuesday to move the team to 65-over for the tournament.

The third and final round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge begins today.

A-State claims 4th at tourney

MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Arkansas State women’s golf team shot a final-round 314 Tuesday at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational, completing its 2013-14 season-opening tournament at the Colbert Hills Golf Course in fourth place among 15 teams with a combined 944.

The Red Wolves were led by three players finishing among the top-20 individuals, including senior Courtney Manning, sophomore Abi Laker and junior newcomer Megan Garland. Manning collected her fifth career top-10 finish, placing tied for sixth place with a three-round 231.

A-State ended the two-day tournament just three strokes behind third-place Tulsa, while Kansas claimed the championship with a 910 and Kansas State finished runner-up with a 926.

Arkansas State returns to action Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the ORU Shootout in Tulsa, Okla.