Suns Earn Runner-Up in Falconer Memorial

Steady play earned Arkansas Tech University a second-place finish among nine women’s golf teams in the inaugural Dave Falconer Memorial Classic at Chamberlyne Country Club in Danville on Monday and Tuesday.

Head coach Amy White’s Golden Suns shot 320 in the first round and 321 in the second round for a 36-hole total of 641.

Northeastern State University won the women’s team title. The RiverHawks posted team scores of 306 and 313 for a 619 total.

Harding University (3rd, 335-329-664), East Central University (4th, 338-342-680), Arkansas Tech’s ‘B’ team (5th, 342-346-688), Rhodes College (6th, 345-347-692), William Carey University (7th, 368-353-721), the University of Arkansas at Monticello (8th, 420-404-824) and Southern Arkansas University (9th, 459-442-901) rounded out the team standings.

Northeastern State’s Kelsey Kirkpatrick won the individual title. She clipped teammate Whitney McAteer by a single stroke. Kirkpatrick returned scores of 72 and 81 for a 153 total, while McAteer shot 78-76 for a 154 total.

Rebecka Surtevall was Arkansas Tech’s top individual finisher. Her rounds of 80 and 77 gave her a 157 total and a share of fourth place.

Elizabeth Sweetnam (6th, 78-80-158), Niki Possage (10th, 81-81-162), Megan Jeffrey (17th, 81-87-168) and Alyssia Duvall (T-20th, 89-83-172) also competed for the Golden Suns.

Megan Kelley (T-12th, 81-84-165), Taylor Kline (T-15th, 82-84-166), Fiona Cooper (18th, 84-86-170) and Shelby Jones (T-30th, 95-92-187) represented Arkansas Tech on its ‘B’ team.

Falconer, who passed away on June 11, 2011, served as head men’s golf coach at Arkansas Tech from 1989-2011. He is the only coach to ever lead a team from Arkansas to the Gulf South Conference men’s golf championship. The Wonder Boys earned that title in 2004.

He also led the Arkansas Tech men’s golf program to four Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference titles (1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995), three berths in the NAIA National Tournament (1993, 1994 and 1995) and seven appearances in NCAA Division II postseason competition (1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010).

Arkansas Tech will continue its 2011-12 women’s golf season by competing in the Mulerider Invitational, which will be hosted by Southern Arkansas University at the Texarkana Golf Ranch in Texarkana, Texas, April 2-3.

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