Central region

Young SAU female golfers are strong at Central Region Preview

BLUE SPRINGS, MO. – As impressive as she was in her first round of collegiate action Tuesday after shooting a 75(+3), true rookie Emma Hester was even better Wednesday on the 5,910-yard par-72 course at Adams Pointe Golf Club as she shot an even course at 72 (E) to climb six places in the standings and land in the top 15 of 86 golfers at 13th with a 36-hole total of 147 (+3). Southern Arkansas finished 14th after shooting a collective 646 (+70) and was just 16 shots out of the top ten in the field. The 646 as a team is tied for the 12th best round in the program’s GolfStat era.

Hester’s even effort saw her birdie No. 11, No. 18 and No. 2 to card only the fifth round at par or better in the GolfStat era of the program and she is only the third different player to do so. TO DO. The 147 over two rounds of play is tied for the second-best 36-hole total in the same span and trailed only by GAC All-Decade winner Helle Leed.

She was one of 13 golfers to shoot even or better on par-3 holes and finished even on par-5 occasions. Hester’s 26 pars were fourth of the entire field and she notched four birdies.

Hester wasn’t the only real freshman making noise for the Muleriders on Wednesday. Aubrey Marx shaved eight shots from his Tuesday total of 84 to card a 76 and finish in the top 50 with a 160 (+16). Marx finished at +1 on par-5s and +2 on par-3s. She tied Hester with four birdies and followed with 17 pars made.

Junior Chelsea Chow recorded 19 pars and posted consecutive rounds at 84, rookie Anna Cain finished with a 171 over two rounds in her college debut and second Kelsey Saveall shot a 177 for the tournament. Cain added 13 pars and notched the first two birdies of his career, while Saveall recorded eight pars and a pair of birdies.

As a team, the Muleriders totaled 83 pars and a dozen birdies.

Southern Arkansas turns its attention to the Northeastern State Fall Classic at Cherokee Hills Golf Club in Catoosa, Oklahoma on Monday, September 12 and Tuesday, September 13.

SAU men compete in Tyler, TX

TYLER, Texas — The SAU men’s and women’s tennis teams opened up fall action last weekend in East Texas at the Tyler Invitational co-hosted by the University of Texas at Tyler and the Tyler junior college. Fifth-year head coach Greg Owen’s Muleriders got off to a good start and finished with a successful weekend in the first of three fall tournaments for both teams.

All-league selection Ole Valkyser picked up where he left off last spring by winning a highly competitive second flight. Newcomer Melvin Vix took the flight six title and on the women’s side, Annika Berrendorf won in flight three.

Valkyser beat Cameron’s Thomas Cardona 7-6, 6-1 in his fall opener, followed by a win from behind over Tyler Junior College’s Tim Riedel 4-6, 6-1, 10-3 before claim the steal with a Saturday 6-4 RET win over Texas-Tyler’s Joaquin Bianchi. For Vix, his run began with a rally against TJC’s Faiz Nasyam 1-6, 6-2, 9-6 RET. A straight-sets 6-1, 6-2 win over Cameron’s Emilio Seelbach sent newcomer Mulerider to the flight final where he edged out Texas-Tyler’s Nikita Chuev 6-1, 6-3.

Berrendorf’s third-row title started with a 6-2, 6-2 management from TJC’s Hrudaya Shah, moved to a 5-0 DEF from Texas-Tyler’s Tanvikhaa Saravanan and ended with his knockdown by Central Oklahoma’s Nefeli Zafeiri 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 behind an impressive rally after dropping the first set.

All three SAU stealing champions picked up a three-set victory that saw each rally after first-set losses.

Other singles winners for the Mulerider women this weekend include Lena Milosevic who won the front row singles twice, while Martina Cortal won once in vol 5. Milosevic and Greta Wallin won two wins in doubles one and Berrendorf and Sarah Roy. won once in doubles.

Additional wins for the men’s side included a win for Sander Jans on the front row, which also included two hard-fought defeats in three sets. Matthew Tenant won in three sets in his first fall match and Tatsuya Kimoto picked up a victory in his second match of the weekend. In doubles, Jans and Valkyser, Schneider and Vix and Tennant and Lluc Pasqual have all won once.

Both teams are preparing for the ITA Regional Tournament in Edmond, Oklahoma from Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25.