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Golden Suns Earn Third Title of 2011-12

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Arkansas Tech University pulled away from the field on day two and the Golden Suns registered a 14-stroke victory in the 2012 Natural State Golf Classic at Red Apple Inn and Country Club in Heber Springs on Monday and Tuesday.

Tech was in possession of a four-stroke lead after Monday's opening round. The Golden Suns dropped the hammer on the rest of the field Tuesday with a team score of 309 --- the lowest 18-hole team score of the tournament --- to finish with a 36-hole total of 626.

The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith (2nd, 321-319-640) and Southern Nazarene University (3rd, 324-323-647) rounded out the top three among an eight-team field.

With the victory, Arkansas Tech earned its third team championship of the 2011-12 women's golf season. The Golden Suns were also victorious at the 2011 UAM Fall Classic in Bryant and the 2012 Mulerider Invitational in Texarkana, Texas.

Rebecka Surtevall (T-4th, 76-80-156) and Elizabeth Sweetnam (T-4th, 81-75-156) were Arkansas Tech's top finishers in the individual standings at the Natural State Golf Classic.

Taylor Kline (6th, 79-78-157), Megan Jeffery (T-7th, 81-77-158) and Niki Possage (T-14th, 86-79-165) also contributed to the Golden Suns' team score.

Arkansas Tech's Alyssia Duvall (T-18th, 82-85-167) competed as an individual.

UA-Fort Smith's Taylor Arnold posted a 36-hole total of 155 and then won a three-person sudden death playoff to capture the individual title.

The Golden Suns will compete in the inaugural Great American Conference Championships at Hot Springs Country Club on April 15-17.

Click here to learn more about Arkansas Tech women's golf.