Women's golf team takes third in Lady Red Wolf Classic
Published: Friday, October 18, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 18, 2013 17:10
The women’s golf team teed off Monday in the Lady Red Wolf Classic finishing the two day tournament in third place and seventh place.
Arkansas State entered the tournament with a great deal of momentum.
They have finished in top-five in their other two tournaments this season: fourth at Marilynn Smith/ Sunflower invitational and third at the ORU Shootout.
They entered the Lady Red Wolf Classic winning three out of the last four years.
A-State provided two teams to compete in the tournament: ASU-red finished in third place and ASU-black finished in seventh.
The Red Wolves were led by two strong top-ten finishers.
Freshman Maci Arrington finished fourth with a three round score of 219.
Sophomore Abigail Laker finished in a tie for eighth place with her score of 225.
ASU-red was composed of five players: Maci Arrington, Abigail Laker, junior Marie Couffignal (T11), junior Megan Garland (15), and senior Courtney Manning (T20).
On the first day, ASU-red started slowly shooting a 301 in the first round which placed them in fourth place behind University of Louisiana Monroe (ULM) and Western Kentucky University (WKU) who were tied at 294 in first place and University of Central Arkansas (UCA) in third place with a first round score of 300.
“We had a kind of a slow start,” Head Coach M.J. Desbiens Shaw said.
“All five of the top players had a slow start except freshman Maci Arrington. She ended up shooting a 71 (-1), but we picked it right back up probably after four or five holes. I think maybe just being on our home course, being a little more stressed and having a little more pressure forced the slow start.”
Maci had an excellent first and second round for ASU-red.
“I’m thrilled for Maci,” Coach Shaw said.
“She showed a lot of maturity today playing as our number 1 player, and this will surely help her confidence.”
The second round would be solid for ASU-Red and they would finish the round posting a score of 286.
After the first day, ASU-red’s 587 score after the first two rounds put them in second place behind ULM (575).
Unlike the beautiful weather of the first day, the second day was plagued with rain and muddy conditions.
As a team, the Red Wolves shot 20 strokes worse on the second day than their first day average of 293.5.
“The conditions definitely played a big factor on the outcome of our scores today,” Coach Shaw said.
The team shot a 314 on the final day to move them down to fourth place overall with a final score of 901.
“The overall performance was okay,” Coach Shaw said.
“We played two great rounds and yesterday’s (third) was mediocre.”
ASU-Black featured sophomore Endsley Evans, sophomore Libby Croom, senior Clara Teftteller, and senior Anna Flanrey.
ASU-Black would shoot a first round score of 328 and a second round score of 324 for a total of 652 after the first day.
The horrible conditions affected their second day scores as well. They would post a third round score of 344 giving them a 996 total for the tournament.
“Our team needs to keep working hard on short game and keep practicing on the course,” Coach Shaw said.
“I believe that if you spend most of your practice time in playing situation on the golf course, you will learn how to score better!”
A-State will continue their season Oct. 21st and 22nd at the Blue Raider Invitational in Murfreesboro, Tenn.