Illinois State and Wichita State represented the Missouri Valley Conference in NCAA Regional action, and their seasons ended May 21. After tying for 10th, Wichita State lost a playoff with Purdue as the Boilermakers advanced to the NCAA Finals, while Illinois State finished 23rd at the West Regional. Judd Easterling of Wichita State, however, advanced to the NCAA Finals and will represent the Shockers and the Valley as an individual.
Illinois State competed at the NCAA West Regional at the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif. The Redbirds had a closing round of 292 to finish with a three-round 904. Matt Miller was the top Redbird individual as he fired a three-round 75-73-72=220 to tie for 61st in the field.
The Wichita State men’s golf team finished tied for 10th with a 875 (298-282-295) at the NCAA Central Regional on the par-70, 7,011-yard Warren Golf Course. The Shockers finished tied with Purdue and forced a playoff with the Boilermakers. Purdue outlasted the Shockers however 18 (+2) to 19 (+3) on the first hole of the playoff.
Individually the Shockers were led once again by senior Judd Easterling. Easterling shot a one-under par 69 on the day carding four birdies and finished tied for fifth with a 209 (74-66-69). For his efforts, Easterling will go on to the NCAA Championships June 1-4 as he was one of the top two individuals not on a qualifying team.