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College Round-Up: Women’s Golf for Oct. 16

HU’s Plyler posts second Top 4 finish

OKLAHOMA CITY — Harding junior Emily Plyler recorded her second top-four finish in three tournaments this season, placing second at the GAC Preview on Tuesday at Lake Hefner Golf Club.

Plyler, who led Harding with four birdies and 22 pars, reached a playoff with Southern Nazarene’s Michaela Osborne after shooting 74-76—150. Osborne won the playoff on the first hole. Plyler tied for fourth at the NSU Golf Classic, Harding’s first tournament in the 2013-14 season.

The Lady Bisons placed fifth in the tournament, which featured seven of the 10 teams that play women’s golf in the Great American Conference. Harding shot 323 in round one and 322 in round two to finish at 645. Southwestern Oklahoma shot 619 to win the tournament by eight strokes over Southern Nazarene.

Harding junior Brittany Marquez tied for 12th, shooting 80-79—159.

Harding will conclude its fall schedule and play for the first time this season in Arkansas next Monday and Tuesday at the Deltoid Timber/Commercial Bank Fall Classic in Sherwood.

A-State claims third at classic

JONESBORO – Playing host to the Lady Red Wolf Classic, the Arkansas State women’s golf team shot a final-round 314 Tuesday in rainy weather conditions at Sage Meadows Country Club to finish its home tournament in third place with a combined 901.

The Red Wolves were led by two players claiming top-10 finishes, including freshman Maci Arrington and sophomore Abi Laker. Arrington picked up a season-best fourth-place finish, while Laker ended the two-day tournament tied for eighth place to collect her second top-10 finish of the year.

A-State shot a 301 and 286 yesterday for the first and second rounds, respectively, to put in second place, but Western Kentucky shot a final-round 296 that pushed it to second place in the final standings while dropping the Red Wolves to third at the same time. Louisiana-Monroe claimed the tournament championship with an 880 and was followed by the Hilltoppers with an 894.

A-State had nine players competing in the tournament, including five that comprised a “red team” and four that made up a “black team.” The black team finished seventh with a combined 996, including a final-round 344.

Four of the five players competing for Arkansas State’s red team shot a final-round 79 on Tuesday, including Arrington and Laker. Arrington finished with a 219 total, while Laker scored a 225. Also competing for the red team, Marie Couffignal finished tied for 11th place with a 227, Megan Garland 15th with a 231 and Courtney Manning tied for 20th with a 236.

Playing as part of the Red Wolves’ black squad, Endsley Evans tied for 24th place with a 241.

A-State will return to action Oct. 21-22 at the Blue Raider Invitational, hosted by Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

UALR ties for sixth

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — UALR finished tied for sixth of 17 teams at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial at Rivercut Golf Course on Tuesday.

Junior Sofia Berglund led the Trojans by placing 14th of 102 individuals.

Tuesday’s action began with the completion of the second round, which was suspended due to darkness Monday evening. Oral Roberts placed first overall with a team score of 891. Wichita State finished second at 905, followed by Southern Illinois (910), host Missouri State (914) and North Dakota State (922). UALR and South Dakota State tied for sixth place with team scores of 929.

Berglund ended the event with a combined score of 228, capped by an even-par 72 in the third and final round. She carded a 9-over 81 in round two, but rebounded with her best round of the event in round three.

Freshman Melodie Jean Dit Berthelot finished three shots back of Berglund in a tie for 19th. Jean Dit Berthelot opened with a 6-over 78 in round one and rebounded with a 3-over 75 in round two. She closed with another round of 78 on Tuesday for a combined score of 231.

UALR will next compete at the Blue Raider Invitational in Murfreesboro, Tenn., beginning Oct. 21.

Hendrix’s women’s team competes at tourney

ALEXANDRIA, La. - The Hendrix College women’s golf team competed at the Louisiana College Fall Tournament at the Links on the Bayou on Monday and Tuesday.

Sending only two players to the tourney, junior Kelsi McClure finished 12th with a 104-97—201. Sophomore Trilby Gibson finished 15th with a 117-124—241.

UT Dallas won the event with a two-round score of 359.

The Warriors will wrap up the fall season on Oct. 21-21 at the Arkansas-Monticello Deltic Timber/Commercial Bank Fall Classic in Sherwood, Ark.

Lady Lions post Top 10 finish

FORT SMITH — Junior Molly Franks shot a 16-over par 160 to lead the UAFS women’s golf team to a ninth-place finish on Tuesday in the Dallas Baptist University Women’s Classic at the Golf Club of Dallas.

UAFS shot a 78-over 654 (328-326) and finished tied with Angelo State University (335-319). St. Edward’s won the 15-team event, shooting a 24-over 600 (297-303) during the two-day, two-round event, edging Tarleton State by only eight strokes.

Franks shot rounds of 83-77 and finished tied for 29th overall.

Arkansas Tech’s Rebecka Surtevall won the event with a 6-under 138 (71-67), edging Midwestern State’s Brenna Moore by two strokes.

Brown takes third, UCA places fourth

JONESBORO — University of Central Arkansas sophomore Sarah Brown finished third and her team finished fourth on Tuesday at the Arkansas State Lady Red Wolf Classic played at Sage Meadows Country Club.

Brown, a sophomore from Mt. Pleasant, Texas, shot rounds of 68-72-76 for a even-par 216. Junior Malin Senneryd was 13th (74-78-76—228), while senior Carly Dear was 18th (77-79-78—234). Sophomore Frida Svensson tied for 24th (81-81-79—241).

Surtevall wins medalist honors, Suns finish third

RUSSELLVILLE — Junior Rebecka Surtevall finished strong with a final-round 67 (-5) to capture individual medalist honors by two strokes, as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns golf team finished third at the 15-team DBU Women’s Classic at the Golf Club of Dallas on Tuesday.

The tournament championship was Surtevall’s second of the year.

Surtevall finished two stroked ahead of Midwestern State’s Brenna Moore, and finished the tournament at -6. The Golden Suns finished nine stroked off the pace set by overall champion St. Edwards.

Megan Jeffery shaved four stroked off her opening-round score, closing play with a final-round 75 (+3) to finish tied for 12th, while Caroline Fredensborg improved three strokes to a final-round 77 (+5), tying for 20th.

The event concludes fall play for the Golden Suns, who have finished in the top three in each of their five fall tournaments and have captured individual medalist honors in three of the five events.