Golden Suns Win Natural State Classic

Arkansas Tech pulled away on day two and captured the women’s team title at the 2011 Natural State Golf Classic in Heber Springs on Monday and Tuesday.

The Golden Suns held a one-stroke lead over tournament host Harding University after Monday’s first round of play. Arkansas Tech shot 327 in the first round, compared the 328 for the Lady Bisons.

Consistency on day two paved the way to victory for the Golden Suns. Four Tech golfers returned scores between 79 and 81 as Arkansas Tech shot 320 on Tuesday for a 36-hole total of 647 and a six-stroke win over runner-up Harding (328-325-653).

It was the third tournament championship of the 2010-11 academic year for the Golden Suns and their eighth tournament title in the last three seasons.

A total of 11 institutions competed in the women’s portion of the 2011 Natural State Golf Classic.

Elizabeth Sweetnam was Arkansas Tech’s top individual finisher in the event. She posted rounds of 77 and 81. Her 158 total was good for a solo fourth place finish.

Kyla McIsaac (T-5th, 80-80-160), Ana Morales (8th, 85-79-164), Niki Possage (T-9th, 85-80-165) and Alyssia Duvall (T-26th, 87-92-179) also competed for the Golden Suns in Heber Springs.

Arkansas Tech’s Megan Kelley (T-23rd, 86-90-176) competed in the individual portion of the event.

The Golden Suns will return to action on Sunday, April 17, and Monday, April 18, in the Gulf South Conference Championships at Hot Springs Country Club.

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