COURTESY: Arkansas State
JONESBORO, Ark. (10/14/14) – The Arkansas State women’s golf team won its home tournament, the Lady Red Wolves Classic, for the third time over the last five seasons Tuesday by shooting a two-round 609 at Sage Meadows Country Club in cool and windy weather conditions.
The two-day tournament made up of 10 teams was originally scheduled to include three rounds, but was shortened to just 36 holes due to inclement weather that suspended play Monday. A-State responded by finishing the initial round today in first place with a 309, one stroke better than runner-up Stephen F. Austin.
The Red Wolves came back to record a 300 for the second 18 holes, increasing its margin over SFA in the final standings to six strokes. Four players on the winning A-State team either tied or improved their score in the second round, including Marie Couffignal with a team-best 72.
Couffignal, along with fellow senior Megan Garland, was competing in her final home tournament, which A-State won for the third time under head coach M.J. Desbiens-Shaw.
“I am excited for the entire team, but especially for our two seniors who have been a huge asset for our team,” said Desbiens-Shaw. “It was nice to honor them by getting a win, and Marie shooting a 72 today showed some great character and leadership. The performance by our entire team in weather like this showed a lot of mental strength, and that’s what we keep working on. All their practice paying off, and I think to shoot a 300 out here today in these conditions was really good.”
Arkansas State, which won the Lady Red Wolves Classic for the first time since 2011-12, was led by Maci Arrington, who finished sixth with a combined 151 (74-77). She was joined by five other teammates among the top-25 leaders, including Abi Laker, Couffignal, Olivia Loiacano, Garland and Sarah Childers.
Laker and Couffignal both shot a combined 152 to finish only one stroke and place behind Arrington in the standings. Loiacano wasn’t far behind, finishing tied for 12th with a 154. Garland collected her second top-25 finish of the season, ending the tournament tied for 24th place with a 161.
The Red Wolves used two teams comprised of nine total players, and the second team placed sixth behind the strength of Childers’ individual finish at tied for 12th. Childers, like Loiacano, posted a combined 154. Also competing for the Red Wolves, Emma Miller placed tied for 32nd with a 164, Kirsten Garner 35th with a 165 and Endsley Evans 41st with a 168.
Arkansas State returns to action Oct. 20-21 at the Blue Raider invitational, hosted by Middle Tennessee State University.