Valley Names Golfers of the Week
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

This week's Missouri Valley Conference golfers of the week are Southern Illinois' Todd Obergoenner and Indiana State's Breanne Smith.   Obergoenner helped the Salukis to the team title at the John Dallio Memorial, while Smith led ISU to a fifth-place finish at the Cardinal Classic with a fourth-place individual showing.

Todd Obergoenner shot a 54-hole 1-under-par 215 to tie for fourth place and help lead the Salukis to a first place finish at the 15-team John Dallio Memorial in Lemont, Ill. The senior co-captain opened the tournament, at the par-72, 6,858-yard Ruffled Feathers Golf Course, with a 5-under 67 to tie an 18-hole career-best, and followed with an even-par 72 to sit tied for first place after 36 holes on Sunday. Obergoenner went on to shoot a 4-over 76 through brisk winds in the final 18 holes on Monday to tie his second-best 54-hole score of 215.

Five Valley schools (Bradley, Drake, Evansville, Northern Iowa, and SIU) were at the tournament, and Obergoenner was the highest individual finisher.  Drake took fifth place in the tournament, and the Bulldogs were led by Brad Reierson's 11th-place individual finish (217).  Tyler Johnson was UNI's top individual finisher as he led the Panthers to a 7th-place team finish.  Johnson tied for 13th with a three-round total of 218.  Evansville placed 12th and had a trio tied for team honors at 229 (Matt Hunsaker, Michael Sainz, Christian Poling).  Bradley, meanwhile, was led by Coby Thompson's 231.  The Braves finished 15th.

Dustin Garza took second at the Kansas State Jim Colbert Intercollegiate with a 54-hole score of 217 (73-72-72), helping the Shockers to a fourth-place showing at the event.  Missouri State also competed at the tournament, and junior Jay McBride finished tied for 15th place in a field of 57 individual players.  The tournament was played at the par 72, 7,525-yard Colbert Hills Golf Course and was held on Monday, Sept. 22 and Tuesday, Sept. 23.  McBride led the Bears to an eighth place finish as a team.  Host Kansas State won the team title after firing 294-299-290--883, well ahead of runner-up UMKC, which shot 308-294-298--900. Western Illinois finished third with 910, followed by Wichita State at 914.

Creighton, meanwhile, played at The McLaughlin, and took 13th in an 18-team field.  Jack Dressen led the Bluejays with a three-round 219, placing 35th in a field of 93 golfers.  The 54-hole, par-72, 6,730-yard tournament was played at the Bethpage Red Course in Farmingdale, N.Y. on Sept. 19-20. 

The Indiana State University women’s golf team participated in the Cardinal Classic Monday and Tuesday at The Players Club in Muncie, Ind., finishing fifth in the 13-team field with a school record total for a 36-hole tournament of 613. The old record was 614 set twice last year, the last time at the Saluki Invitational last March.  Junior Breanne Smith opened the two-day tournament with a four-over 76 but battled back on the second day of competition with an even par 72 to finish third for fourth with a 148 total, just four strokes off the winning score. Smith was one of just two players to record an eagle in the tournament, that coming on the second day on the 449 yard par-5 second hole.

Four women's teams competed in the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational.  Krista Hrdlicka of Wichita State posted a 232 (75-78-79).  She still has not posted a score worse than 80 this season. She finished tied for seventh in the event, which was hosted by the University of Kansas at the Alvamar Public Golf Course on a course that measured 6,242 and had a par-72 layout.

Stacey Miller of Illinois State also had a 232, tying for seventh place.  The tie for seventh place is Miller’s first top-10 finish of the season. Miller led the Redbirds to a third-place finish (930) just behind Oral Roberts and Nebraska. ISU beat fellow Missouri Valley Conference teams Wichita State (10th), Creighton (13th) and Northern Iowa (14th).

Sabrina Danielson led the UNI women's golf team as she tied for 43rd with a three-round total of 244.  Creighton's top scorer was Armana Christianson.  She fired a three-round 242.