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College Round-Up: Golf for March 5

Lions finish ninth in weather-shortened tournament

POTTSBORO, Texas — After deciding to cancel the Crawford-Wade Golf Invitational on Monday morning after wintry weather blanketed eastern Texas, coaches decided late Monday night to go ahead and play one round on Tuesday.

Junior Dylan Lovell shot a 3-over par 75 to lead the UAFS men’s golf team to a ninth-place finish.

UAFS shot a 36-over par 324 and finished 26-strokes behind champion and host Texas A&M-Commerce and Western Texas Community College.

Lovell finished tied for 11th overall. Freshman Trae Fairchild shot a 4-over 76 and finished tied for 13th. Other golfers for UAFS included freshman Josh Harvell, Kyle and Travis Arnold.

Golden Suns reaches No. 16 in Golf World/WGCA poll

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Tech Golden Suns golf team has earned another national ranking, checking in at No. 16 in the Golf World/WGCA Golf Coaches’ Poll released Monday.

Arkansas Tech has placed in the top three in five of six events played this season, capturing three individual medalist honors, with seven top-five and eight top-ten finishes. The Golden Suns are one of four Central Region teams ranked in this week’s poll, as Central Oklahoma sits in a tie at No. 7, Augustana is ranked No. 21, Northeastern State is at No. 23.

Arkansas Tech also checked in at No. 23 in last week’s GolfStat poll.

Tech resumed play this week at the St. Edward’s Spring Invitational, and will next compete at the UCO Kickingbird Classic hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma on March 10-11.

UCA’s Angles earns medalist honors

CHOUDRANT, La. — University of Central Arkansas junior Pep Angles won medalist honors Tuesday at the Louisiana Tech Argent Financial Classic at a cold and windy Squire Creek Country Club.

Angles, from Barcelona, Spain, followed up his 2-under 70 on Monday with an even-par 72 for a 142 total that topped Sam Houston State’s Albert Miner by one stroke. Angles’ finish led UCA to an eighth-place finish overall at 309-299—608.

Sophomore James Newton shot 74-73—147 and tied for ninth overall. Freshman james Steven tied for 30th at 78-74—152, while senior Richard Farmer finished 72nd (89-80_169) and freshman Ben Taylor was 73rd (87-85—172).

North Texas (586) edged host Louisiana Tech (588) for first place overall.

A-State finishes strong

CHOUDRANT, La. — The Arkansas State men’s golf team shot a final-round 299 Tuesday at the Argent Financial Classic, cutting 27 strokes off its first-round total to complete the 36-hole tournament at the Squire Creek Country Club in 12th place with a combined 625.

The Red Wolves’ 299 was their lowest single-round total this spring as all six competing players improved their score over the first round. A-State entered the second-and-final round tied for 12th place after recording a 326 Monday, but was only able to take over sole possession of 12th despite posting the sixth lowest score of the day among all 13 teams.

The Red Wolves return to action March 17-18 at the Jack Rabbit Invitational in Primm, Nev.

A-State finishes tied for sixth

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — The Arkansas State women’s golf team shot a final-round 306 Tuesday at the Kiawah Island Classic, finishing the three-day tournament tied for sixth place among 36 teams with a combined 913.

Collecting their fifth top-10 finish this season, the Red Wolves concluded the tournament just three strokes behind fifth-place Jacksonville State.

Kent State claimed the championship with an 892, while Penn State finished second with a 906 and High Point third with a 907.

The Red Wolves were led by Megan Garland, who finished tied for eighth place with a combined 224 that was her season-best total for a three-round tournament.

Abi Laker also finished among the top-25 individuals for A-State, ending the tournament tied for 14th place. Laker picked up her fourth top-15 finish of the season and her combined 225 was her second-best score this year.

The Red Wolves return to action March 17-18 at the Jack Rabbit Invitational in Primm, Nev.

Warriors place sixth at MC Spring Invite

DELHI, La. — The Hendrix College men’s golf team opened the spring season with a sixth place finish at the Mississippi College Spring Invitational at Black Bear Golf Club on Monday and Tuesday.

The Warriors shot a two-round, par 72 score of 340-336—676.

Freshman Kevin Austrian led Hendrix with a 79-80—159, placing 24th. Other golfers competing for Hendrix included senior Travis Weeks, junior John Weirich and freshman Greg Lanese.

UT Tyler won the tournament with a two-round score of 592

The Warriors will be back in action at the Centenary/Hal Sutton Intercollegiate in Bossier City, La., beginning March 24.

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