This week's Missouri Valley Conference golfers of the week are Catherine Dolan of Missouri State and Dustin Garza of Wichita State. Junior Dustin Garza posted the best 54-hole score of his collegiate career, while Dolan finished eighth at the Johnie Imes Invitational.
This week, freshman Catherine Dolan finished eighth in a field of 90 individual players at Missouri’s Johnie Imes Invitational in Columbia, Mo. The tournament was played at the par-72, 6,204-yard Club at Old Hawthorne, and was held on Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 29-30, The tournament was comprised of 18 teams, three from the Missouri Valley Conference.
Dolan fired impressive 18-hole rounds of 75-74-73, improving as the tournament went on. She carded eight birdies for the tournament, half of which were in her last round on Tuesday. She finished with a 54-hole total of 222. Also notable for the tournament was a hole-in-one Dolan carded in the practice round before the tournament on Sunday. Julia Potter of Missouri won medalist honors shooting 209 for the tournament, seven-under-par.
Dolan led the Missouri State Bears to an 11th place finish as a team in the second tournament of the 2008-09 season. The team shot a total of 944. 318-310 for 36-holes on Monday, and 316 on Tuesday. Mississippi won the team title with a 54-hole total of 900. This tournament was the second straight top ten finish for Dolan, in her first season as a Bear.
Bradley and Southern Illinois also competed in the tournament. The Braves finished 12th, and Southern Illinois was 15th. Kelly Amundrud led BU with a 14th-place showing, while Lauren May tied for 27th place. May's 74 in the third round is just short of her career-low 72 set at the 2008 Illini Spring Classic last season.
Evansville's women also competed last week, playing in the par-72, 6,060-yard Zippy Invitational in Fairlawn, Ohio, on the Rosemont Country Club. The Aces finished 10th in the 12-team field, and were led by Lauren Ellerman's 24th-place showing.
Junior Dustin Garza posted the best 54-hole score of his collegiate career, and earned medalist honors at the VCU Shootout, which concluded Tuesday at the Hermitage Country Club in Manakin-sabot, Va. Garza led the Shockers to a fifth-place finish in the event.
Garza opened play with back-to-back personal best rounds of 66, then tacked on a 69 in Tuesday's final round to achieve his personal-best three-round score of 201. The score shattered his previous best score of 209 (70-68-71), which he shot at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate in the Spring of 2007.
Two other Shockers carded sub-70 rounds in the event. Zac Potter notched a 68 in his final round, on his way to a tie for 14th with a final score of 214 (75-71-68). Ty Sanders tied with Potter for 14th place after carding a second-round score of 69, which helped him to a final count of 214 (71-69-74).
Junior Zach Wanken tied for 17th at Murray State Invitational to post the first individual top 20 finish for the Bradley men’s golf team since the 2007 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship. Wanken fired rounds of 72-73-71 to finish at 216 for the 54-hole event. The Braves finished 11th overall in the field.
Southern Illinois competed at the Cleveland State Invitational in Avon, Ohio. The Salukis finished fourth of 14 teams and were led by a sixth-place individual finish by Todd Obergoenner. He fired a three-round 219 on the par-72, 7,215-yard layout on the Sand Ridge Golf Course. South Dakota State won the team title with a three-round 870, while SDSU's Geoff Mead was medalist with a four-under-par 212.
Two Valley teams (Illinois State and Missouri State) competed at the Bob Hurley Auto ORU Shootout. Jeff Kellen of Illinois State carded his first top-10 finish with a 4-over-par, 220 (71-80-69) which earned him a tied for 6th-place at the ORU Shootout Monday and Tuesday. He led the Redbirds to a second-place finish, shooting an 894 (292-306-296), beating fellow Missouri Valley Conference team, Missouri State (957). Kellen and fellow teammate Tommy Bliefnick both shot 4-over-par for the tournament and were low amongst fellow MVC competitors.
Freshman Jordan McLaurin led Missouri State individually for the tournament placing in a tie for 27th with a total of 232. McLaurin carded rounds of 80-77-75. The tournament was played at the par 72, 7183-yard Golf Club of Oklahoma. The Bears finished 11th despite improving six strokes from the previous 18 holes on Monday in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The team fired a 54-hole total of 957 improving each 18-hole round, 333-315-309. Texas State was the team champion for the tournament with a 54-hole total of 874, winning the tournament by 20 strokes.