Men's golf takes first at Red Wolves Intercollegiate Invitational

By Nathan Shelby
On April 10, 2014

The Red Wolves men’s golf team recorded their best finish of the year, as they took home a first place finish from the Red Wolves Intercollegiate tournament.

The 21 team tournament saw players from North Dakota to Louisiana hit the greens at RidgePointe Country Club in Jonesboro.

This win was the first time A-State has won their home tournament since 2002, and the first time they have won a championship at any tournament since the 2004-05 First Tee/UALR Collegiate Classic.

This was the sixth all-time Red Wolves intercollegiate title won by A-State in its 18 year history.

The Red Wolves were led by Seniors Easton Key and Chance Holden, who both scored a 215 across three rounds and ended in a tie for third place.

Sean Brock also finished in the top 10, tying for ninth place overall.

“This was an outstanding team performance and I couldn’t be happier for our guys,” said A-State head coach Steve Johnson in a press release.

“They’ve been working extremely hard for a long time and have been continuing to improve, so this is something that has been coming. They didn’t get ahead of themselves, which is something that has been holding us back this year. The focus has been on getting them to trust themselves, and they did that today.”

Among the most impressive finishes, however, was Matthew Loiacano.

Loiacano moved from a tie for 54th place after the second round, to a 13th place finish for the tournament.

Loiacano led A-State on the final day, carding a 65 that was the lowest single-round score by an A-State player this season and moved him up 41 spots in the standings.

“This was a total team effort, but Matthew really came through for us this afternoon with a tremendous golf score,” Johnson said.

The Red Wolves led by two strokes going into the final round over second place Belmont, and the Bruins had an upset on their mind.

The Red Wolves caught fire on the final day, however, going 282 strokes for the round to Belmont’s 292, giving A-State their final lead of eight strokes.

The Red Wolves hope this finish will help propel them when they next head to the course on April 21-23 at the Sun Belt Conference Championships in Saucier, Miss.

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