MADISON, Miss. (4/23/23) – The Arkansas State men’s golf team will tee off Monday in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Men’s Golf Championship at Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Miss.
The par-72, 7,190-yard course will play host to the Sun Belt Championship for the first time. Opened in 1981, Annandale Golf Club was designed by Jack Nicklaus. It has played host to numerous championship events, including serving as home to the PGA Tour Sanderson Farms Championship from 1994 to 2013.
The championship will begin with three rounds of stroke play starting Monday. The teams will tee off from split tees beginning at 8:30 a.m., with six teams teeing off on No. 1 and eight teams teeing off No. 10.
The top-four teams from the 54-hole stroke play event will advance to match play on Thursday, April 27. The semifinal matches will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the No. 1 and No. 4 seed on No. 1 and the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds on No. 10. The championship match will follow the conclusion of the semifinal matches on Thursday. All three rounds of stroke play, along with Thursday’s semifinal and championship matches, will be broadcast live on ESPN+. Live scoring is available through Golfstat.
A-State will begin the first round at 8:30 a.m. paired with Georgia Southern and Southern Miss. Georgia Southern is the Sun Belt Conference’s highest ranked team, checking in at No. 26 in the latest Golfstat rankings followed by Southern Miss (67), A-State (74), Troy (77) and ULM (99).
The Red Wolves own an 84-35-3 record on the season, including a 53-18-1 mark in the spring, headed into the Sun Belt Championship. A-State is a combined 12-3-1 head-to-head against Sun Belt Conference foes in tournaments this season. The Red Wolves have posted a stroke average of 286.81 this season, second-best in single-season program history.
Luka Naglic leads A-State into the championship with a stroke average of 71.74, ninth-best in the league and fourth-best in single-season program history. Thomas Schmidt occupies the No. 2 spot in the lineup for A-State this week and possesses a 69.50 stroke average over his last two events and a 72.11 average for the season, sixth-best in program history. Devyn Pappas holds down the third spot in the lineup with an average of 72.26, ninth-best in program history. Jack Madden (72.70) and Jack Maxey (73.44) round out the lineup with Felix Krammer (73.94) serving as the alternate.
A-State has not finished higher than third in stroke play at the Sun Belt Conference Championship since 1999 (second), but won the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Championship match play over ULM 4-1.
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