Men’s golf finishes 6th in Red Wolves Intercollegiate

By Cara Prichard
On April 4, 2013

The Arkansas State men’s golf team matched its second lowest three-round score this season of a combined 881 at the 17th annual Red Wolves Intercollegiate, coming in sixth place out of 20 teams.

The Red Wolves competed with a pair of squads, the second team finished in 15th place with a recorded score of 915.

Junior Chance Holden, sophomore Christian Helmbold and freshman Seth Garner, all tying for 14th place with a 219 total, led A-State. Garner and Helmbold both obtained their top finish of the season, while Holden matched his second best.

“Christian (Helmbold) had 67 the second round,” head coach Steve Johnson said. “We’ve known he has been capable of that for awhile, we’ve just been anxiously awaiting for him to breakthrough.”

“I know I am capable of shooting low, so it was great to finally do it in a tournament,” Helmbold said. “I have played the course many times so I just tried to stick to my game plan and enjoy it.”
ASU posted its best round of 292 on Monday to open the tournament, putting them in second place. By the end of the day the Red Wolves dropped to fifth place, adding just one stroke to the total for the second 18 holes.

“We had a bad start, scoring five or six over,” Johnson continued. “I was really proud of them. In years past they would have probably walked around with their heads sown and made a bad situation worse, but I was glad to see them put their big boy pants on and get things done.”

Senior Wessel Zwiegers helped the team to their second-best finish of the year by finishing tied for 26th with a 222. Junior Easton Key finished tied 60th with a 229.

Senior and team captain Matt Howton ended the tournament tied for 36th place with a 224, which included a final round of 72, which was his best score of the tournament.

The weather has been a struggle for the team because the greens aren’t as smooth.

“It’s been a hard spring. Its 53 (degrees) right now in April,” added Johnson.

According to Howton, the weather is what gave him a little bit of a boost to do well.

“We’ve been playing in cold and windy weather all spring and that gave me the confidence in myself and in the team,” Howton said.

“Matt (Howton) came through with a good round. Despite the harder conditions, he was able to settle down and take care of business,” Johnson said.

The Red Wolves came in only one stroke behind fifth-place UALR and within three strokes of third-place Southern Illinois. Austin Peay State claimed the championship with 857, while Samford finished runner-up with a score of 872.

Helmbold, including Sean Brock, Tommy Eagan, Eli Mattioli and Chris Bruchhaussen, led the second team. Brock tied for 60th, along with Alex Hewitt, who competed as an individual. Eagan and Mattioli tied for 84th and Bruchhausen 106th.

“I was very pleased with our team,” Howton continued. “We’ve struggled some this semester but I felt going into this tournament we were moving in the right direction and our finish this week confirmed that. We’ve got a great team, I think we will continue to do well.”

ASU returns to action next week, April 8-9 in West Point, Miss., for the Old Waverly Intercollegiate.

 

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