JONESBORO, Ark. – Junior Joey Johnson fired an even-par 71 in the final round of the A-State Red Wolves Intercollegiate at RidgePointe Country Club Sunday to lead the Missouri State men’s golf team to a 13th-place finish.
Johnson finished tied for 33rd with a 12-over 225 for the Bears, who carded a 22-over 306 in the final round as a team and shot 53-over 905 for the tournament.
“The course played difficult this week and as a group we just never got anything going,” said Missouri State head coach Neal Stafford. “Joey played very well today in the final round. He showed a lot of control on the approach shots, and RidgePointe demands that type of play.”
Johnson, starting his day on the ninth hole, recorded one birdie and one bogey. He birdied his seventh hole, the par-3 15th, and bogeyed the par-5 second. With the help of 16 pars Sunday, Johnson led the tournament with 41, four more than the rest of the field.
Freshman Brad Carpenter closed with an 81 to finish tied for 38th at 14-over 227. Carpenter was tied for 10th through 36 holes Saturday at 4-over.
Junior Mitch Mather shot an 80 Sunday for 16-over-par 229. He carded eight pars on the final round and one birdie on the par-4 18th.
The second-best round of the day came junior Brik Brauburger with a 5-over 76. Brauburger birdied the third, 11th and 13th holes to tie for 58th at 17-over 230.
Senior Mark Karlsen tied for 63rd following a 79 left him at 231 for the tournament.
NCAA Division II Delta State claimed the team championship, shooting a 24-over 876, which included 5-over 289 on Sunday. DePaul was eight strokes back, while Tennessee Tech was third at 34-over. Host Arkansas State (35-over 887) and Tennessee Martin (36-over 888) rounded out the top five.
Nicholls State’s Andri Bjornsson defeated Tennessee Tech’s Lee Whitehead on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the individual title. The two were tied at 1-under-par 212 heading into extra holes.
Missouri State returns to action at the ORU Shootout on April 13-14 in Tulsa, Okla.