Archive

Arkansas Tech leads D-II Fall Invitational

SUNRIVER, Ore. – Traditionally, the senior class trip happens in high school. For Amy Anderson’s Arkansas Tech team, Sunriver provides a makeshift, later-in-life one.

Anderson added the Golfweek Division II Fall Invitational as a sort of send-off for three seniors on her Arkansas Tech team this season. They’re staying together in one big condo, traveling like sardines in a bright red minivan and after 36 holes on Sunriver’s Crosswater Course, leading the 12-team field. Arkansas Tech posted rounds of 298-290 Saturday, and at 20-over 588 is two shots ahead of Dallas Baptist.

The Golden Suns’ good round stemmed from positive vibes developed in Friday’s practice round.

“We talked about how it’s a placement course,” Anderson said. The Golden Suns didn’t count a score higher than 78 Saturday, and counted two rounds of 2-under 69 from senior Rebecka Surtevall.

Surtevall had a 12-birdie day, but was surprised to hear it. The Swede is especially good at staying in the moment.

“I was not trying to keep track of my score,” she said. “They just dropped.”

For Surtevall to put back-to-back low rounds together is a sign of improvement. Anderson has been helping her become more consistent. Surtevall was third individually at last year’s NCAA Division II Women’s National Championship, and was named the Great American Conference Female Athlete of the Year.

“She’s not putting as much pressure on herself,” Anderson said of Surtevall’s growth as a player.

How did Surtevall end up at Arkansas Tech? She visited the school once, and fell in love with everything about it.

“(The combination of) school and golf,” Surtevall said. “Just the experience to see something different.”

Surtevall has averaged 76 for the past three years at Arkansas Tech, but this could be the best season yet. It is somewhat rare for a Division II golfer to have much experience in professional fields, but Surtevall does. Surtevall has spent the past few years playing the Nordea Tour, a developmental professional tour in Sweden. Upon graduating, Surtevall hopes to pursue an LPGA tour career and “travel the world” playing golf.

For now, Oregon will do.

“I’m so happy we got to experience this,” she said, shortly before climbing back into a van of shrieking golfers.

If Arkansas Tech hangs onto its Day 1 lead, it will be the first Golden Suns victory of the year even though the team has finished in the top four in each of three fall starts. Arkansas Tech won twice last season, and advanced to the national championship as a team.

Anderson leads a relatively new program, and one on which she played as an undergrad. Anderson went to Arkansas Tech to play basketball, but when the women’s golf team was launched late in her student career, Anderson joined.

These days, Anderson splits her time between compliance-officer duties and the golf course. The Golden Suns certainly won’t be breaking any compliance rules. Still, Anderson cherishes afternoons at the golf course with the girls.

After a weekend in Sunriver, the compliance papers will be stacked high on Anderson’s desk. Safe to say, Sunriver was worth it.

STORY COMMENTS
Show Hide