Golden Suns Golf Finishes 11th in Nation

Arkansas Tech University finished 11th in the 2018 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships, which concluded on Saturday at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas.

The Golden Suns completed the 72-hole event with a team score of 1,250, including a final-round 318.

Pia Nunbhakdi (T-27th, 72-76-77-79-304) was Arkansas Tech’s top individual finisher.

Peerada Piddon (T-34th, 71-78-78-80-307), Allie Weiner (T-51st, 80-83-74-78-315), Holly Standing (T-65th, 82-82-80-81-325) and Avery Struck (70th, 84-82-87-84-337) also contributed to the Golden Suns’ top-11 national finish.

The University of Indianapolis won the team title with a four-day total of 1,157, 38 strokes in front of its nearest competition. UIndy’s Katharina Keilich completed the tournament at 1-under par 287 to claim the individual national title.

Head coach Amy Anderson and the 2017-18 Arkansas Tech women’s golf team won four titles, including a fourth consecutive Great American Conference championship. The Golden Suns qualified for the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships for the fourth time in the last five years.

Golden Suns Hold Steady in 11th Place

Allie Weiner’s best round of the week helped Arkansas Tech University post a team score of 309 on Friday at the 2018 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships in Houston, Texas.

Weiner toured Bay Oaks Country Club in 2-over par 74 during the third round, allowing her to move up from a share of 66th place to a tie for 54th. She shot 80-83 during the first two rounds and has a total of 237 going into the final round on Saturday.

Pia Nunbhakdi and Peerada Piddon have been the Golden Suns’ top performers in Houston. Rounds of 72-76-77 have landed Nunbhakdi in a tie for 21st place with a total of 225. Piddon is tied for 25th. She has shot 71-78-78 for a 54-hole score of 227.

Holly Standing (67th, 82-82-80-244) and Avery Struck (71st, 84-82-87-253) round out Arkansas Tech’s representatives at Bay Oaks Country Club.

The Golden Suns are 11th among the 12-team field with a three-round team score of 932.

The University of Indianapolis will carry a 24-stroke lead into the final round of the national championships. The Greyhounds own a 54-hole total of 867.

Katharina Keilich of the University of Indianapolis leads in the individual standings with a three-day total of 2-under par 214.

2017-18 Tucker, Falls Award Winners Named

Ty Reasnor and Madison Nagel were named the top senior student-athletes at Arkansas Tech University at the conclusion of the 2017-18 academic year.

Reasnor received the 2018 John Tucker Award as the top graduating male student-athlete at ATU, while Nagel was presented with the 2018 Jeanice Falls Award as the top graduating female student-athlete at ATU.

The award winners were selected by the Arkansas Tech Faculty Athletic Committee. Dr. Robin Lasey, associate professor of chemistry and NCAA faculty athletic representative at ATU, made the announcements.

Reasnor was the starting quarterback for a Wonder Boys football team that compiled an 8-4 overall record, finished tied for second in the Great American Conference standings and earned a berth in the 2017 Agent Barry Live United Bowl under the direction of head coach Raymond Monica.

He completed 203-of-326 pass attempts for 2,483 yards with 21 touchdown passes and five interceptions during fall 2017. His 62.3 percent completion rate is the highest single-season completion percentage in ATU football history.

A product of Cashion, Okla., Reasnor’s accuracy in 2017 was further underscored by the fact that he went 213 consecutive pass attempts without an interception at one point during the season.

His 2017 figures also placed him among Tech’s all-time, single-season leaders in touchdown passes (4th) passing yardage (5th).

Reasnor was selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as the 2017 Academic All-America of the Year for NCAA Division II.

Nagel appeared in all 36 matches for the Golden Suns volleyball team during the 2017 season. Her performance as a defensive specialist helped Arkansas Tech finish 35-1 overall, win the GAC regular season title, capture the GAC Tournament title and reach the NCAA Division II Tournament under the direction of head coach Kristy Bayer.

A product of Rowlett, Texas, Nagel established a new ATU career record for digs with 2,359. She is one of two GAC student-athletes to ever reach the 2,000 digs plateau in her career.

Nagel holds four of the top eight single-season dig totals in Golden Suns’ history, including a school-record 701 digs as a freshman in 2014. She notched 575 digs as a senior in 2017, fourth-most in Tech history.

The 2014 GAC freshman of the year and defensive player of the year, Nagel also earned All-GAC honors in 2014, 2015 and 2017. Her career at ATU volleyball career included a four-year record of 111-26, three regular season GAC championships, two GAC Tournament titles and two NCAA Division II Tournament appearances.

Golden Suns in 11th at Midpoint in Houston

Arkansas Tech University returned a team score of 318 on Thursday during day two of the 2018 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas.

The Golden Suns’ 36-hole total of 623 puts them in 11th place among a 12-team field with 36 holes remaining.

The University of Indianapolis is in first place at 3-under par 573 through two rounds. The Greyhounds are 15 strokes in front of their nearest competition.

Pia Nunbhakdi (T-18th, 72-76-148) and Peerada Piddon (T-22nd, 71-78-149) are Arkansas Tech’s top individual performers through two days of competition.

Allie Weiner (T-66th, 80-83-163), Holly Standing (68th, 82-82-164) and Avery Struck (69th, 84-82-166) are also competing in Houston for the Golden Suns.

Kylie Raines from the University of Indianapolis holds the 36-hole lead in the individual standings at 3-under 141.

The season-ending tournament will continue through Saturday.

Piddon Sets Pace on Day One for Golden Suns

Eleven of the 72 players at the 2018 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships broke par during the opening round at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday.

Arkansas Tech University’s Peerada Piddon was one of those 11.

Piddon fired an opening-round 1-under par 71 over the 6,190-yard layout and is tied for sixth place in the individual standings with three rounds remaining.

The junior from Bangkluay, Thailand, overcame three consecutive bogeys early in her round. She made five birdies and one bogey from holes seven through 15 before closing with three straight pars.

ATU’s Pia Nunbhakdi is in 12th place in the individual standings after an opening-round 72. She made two birdies and two bogeys on the opening nine and recorded nine consecutive pars on the way home.

The Golden Suns shot 305 as a team on Wednesday. They are tied for ninth place among the 12-team field.

Allie Weiner (T-57th, 80), Holly Standing (T-64th, 82) and Avery Struck (T-68th, 84) are also representing Arkansas Tech at the national finals.

The University of Indianapolis is in first place in the team standings after round one. The Greyhounds posted a team score of 286 on Wednesday.

Casey Wild of Tarleton State University and Kiira Riihijarvi of the University of Tampa share first place in the individual standings. They both returned rounds of 3-under 69 on day one.

The tournament will continue on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.