Valley Announces Golfers of the Week
Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Medalists highlight this week's Missouri Valley Conference Golfer of the Week selections.  Wichita State's Dustin Garza took the individual title at the Wolf Pack Classic, while Olivia Lansing of Drake earned top honors at the Hawkeye Intercollegiate.

Dustin Garza used a 65 in his second round and held on for his second-straight tournament victory at the Wolf Pack Classic, which concluded Tuesday at the Wolf Run Golf Course in Reno, Nev. Garza defeated UTEP's Roger Sloan by three strokes to win the tournament with a 54-hole score of 205 (67-65-73).

Zac Potter posted Wichita State's only sub-par score in the final round, carding a 71 on his way to a tournament score of 220 (79-70-71), good enough for a 38th-placed finish. Senior Ty Sanders carded an even-par 72 to finish with a 54-hole count of 223 (78-73-72), while Garza and Connor McHenry each posted one-over 73's in today's round. McHenry finished with a final score of 218 (75-70-73). Grady Pauls rounded out the Shocker scorecard with a 76 in the final round on his way to a tournament total of 233 (79-78-76).  As a team, the Shockers finished in seventh with a team score of 866 (299-278-289). Wichita State finished nine strokes ahead of eighth-placed Texas-El Paso, and two strokes back of sixth-placed Fresno State. New Mexico State won the tournament with a score of 847 (290-278-279).


Meanwhile, Creighton and Evansville competed in the Butler Fall Invitational.  UE's Christian Poling broke 70 for the first time in his collegiate career Tuesday, shooting 3-under-par 69 to finish fourth out of 95 golfers in the Butler Fall Invitational at 6,646-yard Eagle Creek Golf Club. Overall, the Aces placed eighth in the field of 14 with a team score of 878. Poling, a junior, finished at 4-under-par 212 with rounds of 73 and 70 leading up to his career-low 69. Freshman Griffin Wood was second for the Aces and 30th overall at 4-over-par 220.

Creighton's Michael McDonnell also tied for fourth place, helping Creighton to a second-place team finish in the 14-team field.  McDonnell fired rounds of 70-70-72=212 to lead the Bluejays.  Creighton fired team scores of 282-286-294=862 for the runner-up team finish.  Indianapolis won the tournament with a team score of 284-279-277=840.


Drake junior Olivia Lansing (Dellwood, Minn.) posted a final round three-over-par 75 to capture individual honors at the Hawkeye Intercollegiate women's golf tournament Sunday. Lansing fired a birdie on the par-five No. 6 hole to close out the tournament with a 71-76-75=222 on the 6,202-yard Finkbine Golf Course. She won by three strokes over Mary Carmody from Longwood, who had a 77-75-73=225.

Five Valley schools competed in the Hawkeye Intercollegiate.  Northern Iowa was the top-finishing league school, taking third place overall with a three-round 929.  Kim Weber of UNI took fourth place overall with a three-round 227; and she was the only other MVC golfer - other than Lansing - to place among the top 10 in the 87-player field.  Illinois State (5th-944), Bradley (6th-948), Drake (8th-953), and Creighton (15th-975) represented the MVC.  Ball State captured the team championship with a 309-303-309=921.


This week, freshman Kelsey Welber of Missouri State finished tied for second in a field of 90 individual players at Oral Roberts’ home tournament in Tulsa, Okla. The Bob Hurley Auto ORU Shootout was played at the par 72, 6,340-yard Medowbrook Country Club, and was held on Monday, October 6 and Tuesday, October 7.  The tournament was comprised of 18 teams, two from the Missouri Valley Conference (Missouri State, Wichita State)

Strong winds made the course challenging on Monday; however, Welber managed to fired rounds of even-par 72 in the morning and three-over-par 75 in the afternoon for the 36-hole day.  The second day proved to be even more challenging as competitors endured gusting winds which made scores higher for the final round.  Welber fired an 80 for the final 18 holes and moved up one place from the day before.  She finished with a 54-hole total of 227 and tied for second individually with Kelsey Kipp of UMKC, Sydney Cox of Oklahoma City and Cassie Huffer of Arkansas State. Christy Carter of ORU took medalist honors shooting 73-70-76—219.

Missouri State finished fifth, while Wichita State was ninth in the 17-team field.  Krista Hrdlicka was the top-scoring Shocker, as she tied for 11th-place overall with a three-round 232.


And Evansville playeed in the Butler Fall Invitational.  Emily Johnson became the third University of Evansville golfer in three events to finish as team medalist, ending up ninth overall in a field of 60 golfers Tuesday at the Butler Fall Invitational, played at 6,127-yard Eagle Creek Golf Club. Johnson shot 77 on Tuesday following Monday's 78 to finish at 155, one stroke ahead of teammate Lauren Ellerman. As a team, the Aces finished sixth out of 10 teams.