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Wednesday, September 24, 2008 | Golf
Valley Names Golfers of the Week
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.
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.
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.