Golf team tees off season in tournament
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013 00:09
A men’s golf veteran led the team with a score of 206 at the Sam H. Hall Intercollegiate Tournament in Hattiesburg, Miss. on Monday and Tuesday.
Senior Chance Holden of Dexter, Mo. finished 5th overall with a combined score of 206.
Holden was the only Red Wolves player to finish all three rounds under par. Holden started the tournament with a first round 70.
The second round was better at 66. Then for his final round, he matched his first round score of 70, leading the Red Wolves with the highest points.
“Chance Holden played great,” senior Easton Key of Meridian, Miss. said. “I’m really proud of his 5th place finish. Without him we wouldn’t have finished where we did.”
The team finished 11th, tying with Rice University, which is two spots better than their 13th place finish in last season’s tournament.
True freshman Matthew Loiacano of Jonesboro tied for 51st place, and Landon Hearnes of Mayflower finished with tie for the 65th place.
Junior Alex Hewitt of Little Rock and Key finished tied for 73rd and 80th places, respectively.
A-State started off the tournament posting a first round score of 295 placing them in 14th place in the 15 team tournament. They came roaring back in the second round posting a score of 279.
The Red Wolves third round was similar to their opening round, finishing with 292.
“We didn’t play our best two of three rounds, but to get one round under par as a team really gave us confidence,” Key said.
“Our finish is already higher than it has been in recent tournaments. So we are all excited to improve.”
After three rounds, ASU finished with a total score of 866.
That score was a 12 stroke improvement from last year’s score of 878.
“The past tournament wasn’t a great finish, but it was better – something to improve on,” Key said.
The Red Wolves will travel to Normal, Ill. to compete in the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate Sept. 15 and 16.
“I’m confident we’re headed in the right direction,” Key said. “And in shape to make a run at a conference title come the spring.”
Red Wolves finished 8th in conference play last season and they are confident that they will do better this year.