Wonder Boys Reach NCAA National Semifinals

Eighth-seeded Arkansas Tech University upset No. 1 seed Barry University by a single stroke in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Fla., on Thursday morning.

With the win, head coach Luke Calcatera and the Wonder Boys are among the final four teams with a chance to win the 2017 NCAA Division II national title in men’s golf.

Arkansas Tech will face Lynn University in a national semifinal match beginning at 12:30 p.m. CDT.

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The Wonder Boys are represented at the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships by senior Austin Smith of Russellville, junior Luke Cornett of Drasco, junior Putter Srinoon of Bangkok, Thailand, freshman Jonathan Echberg of Skanderborg, Denmark, and freshman Ryan Spurlock of Little Rock.

Wonder Boys Advance to NCAA Match Play

An improbable comeback has made Arkansas Tech University one of the final eight teams standing in pursuit of the 2017 NCAA Division II national championship in men’s golf.

The Wonder Boys will face Barry University in the quarterfinals of match play at the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Fla., on Thursday, May 25.

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The event began Monday through Wednesday with 54 holes of stroke play competition. Only the top eight teams in stroke play would keep their national title hopes alive by advancing to the match play portion of the championships.

Arkansas Tech was 18th among a field of 20 teams after it posted an opening-round team score of 299. A second-round 293 lifted the Wonder Boys three positions to a share of 15th place, but they were still outside the cut line entering Wednesday’s final round of stroke play.

ATU kept its season alive with a score of 289 on Wednesday, the best final-round total among the 20-team field. The Wonder Boys edged out the University of North Alabama by a single stroke — 881 to 882 — to advance to match play.

Ryan Spurlock (T-32nd, 77-72-71-220), Jonathan Echberg (T-32nd, 75-73-72-220), Austin Smith (T-40th, 74-74-74-222), Luke Cornett (T-40th, 76-74-72-222) and Putter Srinoon (T-80th, 74-75-80-229) are Arkansas Tech’s representatives at the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships.

Smith, a senior from Russellville, made a birdie on the final hole of stroke play to seal Tech’s berth in the top eight.

The Wonder Boys are coached by Luke Calcatera.

Suns Finish 11th in the Nation in Golf

One of the most successful seasons in Arkansas Tech University women’s golf history culminated with an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships at Findlay Country Club in Findlay, Ohio, May 17-20.

The Golden Suns returned team scores of 325-316-321-313 for a 72-hole team score of 1,275.

Caroline Fredensborg was ATU’s top individual finisher. She posted rounds of 83-78-79-76 for a four-day total of 316 and a share of 30th place.

Pia Nunbhakdi (T-33rd, 78-78-84-77-317), Avery Struck (52nd, 81-84-79-80-324), Anna Frandsen (57th, 83-80-82-81-326) and Jessica Sachs (T-64th, 89-80-80-83-332) also represented the Golden Suns in Findlay.

Barry University (Fla.) won the NCAA Division II women’s golf championship with a 72-hole total of 1,222. Marie Coors of St. Leo University (Fla.) captured the individual crown with a four-day score of 295.

Head coach Amy Anderson and the 2016-17 Arkansas Tech women’s golf team won four titles, including a third consecutive Great American Conference championship and the first NCAA regional title in program history. The Golden Suns qualified for the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships for the third time in the last four years.

Wonder Boys’ Season Ends at GAC Tourney

Arkansas Tech University’s 2017 baseball season came to an end with a pair of losses at the Great American Conference Tournament in Arkadelphia on Thursday and Saturday.

Head coach Dave Dawson and the Wonder Boys completed their season with an overall record of 34-21. It was Tech’s fourth 30-win baseball season in the last five years.

Game One: UAM 7, Tech 3

The University of Arkansas-Monticello rallied for five runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat Arkansas Tech 7-3 on Thursday in game one of the double-elimination final stage of the GAC Tournament.

Two walks and a hit batsman helped set the stage for the biggest blow in the Boll Weevils’ comeback, a grand slam by Guy Halbert.

UAM reliever Dawson Moser (5-1) retired Tech in order in the bottom of the ninth to secure the win.

Zach Klockowski and Mark Vaughn had two base hits apiece for the Wonder Boys.

Game Two: SAU 11, Tech 3

Mark Fontenot went 2-for-5 with a home run and three runs batted in to lead Southern Arkansas University to an 11-3 win over Arkansas Tech in an elimination game at the GAC Tournament on Saturday.

Vaughn and Kyle Gibbs both hit a home run for the Wonder Boys. Gibbs finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

ATU Sending Two Teams to NCAA Golf Finals

Arkansas Tech University is one of only two NCAA Division II institutions to advance to the 2017 national team finals in both men’s and women’s golf.

The Golden Suns will compete in the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships May 17-20 at Findlay Country Club in Findlay, Ohio, while the Wonder Boys will participate in the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships May 22-26 at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Fla.

The only other NCAA Division II institution to have both of its golf teams advance to the final stage of competition for the 2016-17 season is Barry University (Fla.).

Arkansas Tech is making its third appearance in the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships. The Golden Suns previously qualified for the national finals in 2014 and 2015.

This year marks the second time in program history that Arkansas Tech has qualified for the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships. The Wonder Boys’ only other appearance in the event came in 1998.

Arkansas Tech’s women punched their ticket to Findlay by winning the NCAA Division II Central Super Regional May 8-10 at Minnehaha Golf Club in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Golden Suns completed the 54-hole event with a team score of 903, 13 strokes in front of their nearest competition.

ATU’s Pia Nunbhakdi won the individual title in Sioux Falls with a three-day total of 221. She returned scores of 75-73-73 for a three-stroke victory among a field of 65 players.

Avery Struck (4th, 75-77-73-225), Anna Frandsen (T-7th, 78-76-75-229), Caroline Fredensborg (T-23rd, 86-73-78-237) and Jessica Sachs (T-32nd, 81-85-74-240) also contributed to the Golden Suns’ first NCAA regional team championship in women’s golf.

Arkansas Tech’s men advanced to the national finals by finishing fourth in the NCAA Division II Central/Midwest Regional May 8-10 at Awarii Dunes Golf Course in Axtell, Neb.

Three Wonder Boys — Putter Srinoon, Jonathan Echberg and Ryan Spurlock — fired rounds in the 60s during the last day of competition to propel Tech to the final NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships berth from the regional.

Arkansas Tech finished with a 54-hole team total of 840, three strokes in front of Grand Valley State University in the race for the final spot in Kissimmee.

Srinoon (T-11th, 73-67-68-208), Echberg (T-15th, 71-71-67-209), Spurlock (T-37th, 72-74-67-213), Austin Smith (T-56th, 73-70-73-216) and Luke Cornett (T-77th, 78-69-72-219) comprised the five-man team that earned the Wonder Boys’ first NCAA national finals berth in golf in 19 years.

Amy Anderson is head coach for the Arkansas Tech women’s golf team. Luke Calcatera is the Arkansas Tech men’s golf team head coach.