Key wins first collegiate golf championship

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (10/16/12) – Junior Easton Key collected his first collegiate championship Tuesday at the Bill Ross Intercollegiate, while also leading the Arkansas State men's golf team to a third-place finish among 14 teams with a combined 881 score at Milburn Golf and Country Club.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (10/16/12) – Junior Easton Key collected his first collegiate championship Tuesday at the Bill Ross Intercollegiate, while also leading the Arkansas State men's golf team to a third-place finish among 14 teams with a combined 881 score at Milburn Golf and Country Club.

Key came in under par all three rounds to finish with a combined 6-under 210, three strokes ahead of second-place Nathan Anderson of North Dakota State. Key's 210 was the lowest three-round score assembled by an A-State player since Chris Pledger posted a 209 during the 2010-11 season. Key carded a 70 today, which followed his career-best 69 and 71 shot during the first and second rounds, respectively.

"It feels great to get my first collegiate win here at Arkansas State," said Key. "The whole team has been working really hard, and my teammates have been great motivators for me all season. ?I knew that if I kept having patience that it would click one week and this just happened to be the week that it finally did.

The course set up well for me and I really enjoyed it, even during our practice round."

The Red Wolves shot a first-round 295 and a season-best 290 during the second round played yesterday to end the day in third place. A-State was able to maintain its position today with a 296, and it finished just nine strokes behind runner-up North Dakota State. UMKC was able to claim the championship with an 870.

"I'm pleased with the way our team played, especially today under some very harsh weather conditions with strong winds throughout the day," said ASU?head coach Steve Johnson. "I thought the guys really grinded it out, and it was encouraging to see them secure this third-place finish. ?Obviously, I am very excited about Easton and his performance. He was able to put together a tremendous 54-hole score on a difficult course in tough conditions. We're looking forward to seeing how we finish our fall schedule out with our home tournament in Gulf Shores."

Following key for ASU, Wessel Zwiegers tied for 10th place for his second top-25 finish of the season. Zwiegers scored a combined 219, including a 72 for the first and third rounds.

Also competing for ASU, Matt Howton tied for 28th place with a 225, Christian Helmbold tied for 49th place with a 228, Chance Holden tied for 62nd place and Tommy Eagan 77th with a 249. Eagan competed as an individual.

The Red Wolves will wrap up the fall portion of its schedule Nov. 5-6 when it hosts the ASU?Fall Beach Classic at Gulf Shores, Ala.

ARKANSAS STATE RESULTS Place, Name (RD 1-RD 2-RD 3--Total) 3, Arkansas State (295-290-296--881) 1, Easton Key (69-71-70--210) T10, Wessel Zwiegers (72-75-72--219) T28, Matt Howton (76-71-78--225) T49, Christian Helmbold (78-74-76--228) T62, Chance Holden (79-74-78--231) *77, Tommy Eagan (85-81-83--249)