This week's Missouri Valley Conference golfers of the week are Illinois State's Kyle Bragg, Illinois State's Stacey Miller, and Drake's Olivia Lansing. Bragg was runner-up individual finisher at the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate, Miller was medalist at the UNC-Greensboro Starmount Fall Classic, and Lansing led Drake to its second-ever team title after taking second place at the Arkansas State Tournament.
Illinois State's Stacey Miller, a junior from Bloomington, Ill. (Central Catholic) carded a 5-over-par 218 (74-72-72) to claim first-place medalist honors at the Starmount Fall Classic in Greensboro, N.C. After two rounds of play, Miller was tied for second place with a 4-over-par 146 (74-72). Tuesday’s third and final round, Miller tallied a 1-over-par 72. The victory was Miller’s first win of her collegiate career. Miller led the Redbirds to a ninth-place finish (929). ISU beat East Tennessee State (930), Augusta State (935), Miami (937), Elon (943), Mississippi State (945) and Winthrop (959).
Placing four golfers in the top 20, the Drake women's golf team captured the team championship in the Lady Red Wolf Classic, hosted by Arkansas State, Tuesday. The Bulldogs shot a final round 306 to finish the 54-hole tournament at 306-305-306=917 to win the 14-team meet by a six-stroke advantage over runner-up Central Arkansas. It marked Drake's second team title in the young three-year history of the program. Drake junior Olivia Lansing (Dellwood, Minn.) finished second overall in the individual race with a 76-72-76=224 on the par-71, 5,983
yard Jonesboro Country Club, one stroke behind winner Nicole Forshner from Central Arkansas.
The Indiana State women’s golf team participated in the 2008 Mercedes-Benz Women’s Collegiate Championships last weekend, taking on a field that included seven teams ranked in the top 25 of the Golfweek poll and some of the top individual players in the nation. Breanne Smith opened the three-day tournament with a 79 but fought back from there with back-to-back rounds of 73 to finish in a tie for 36th with a nine-over par 225 against a prestigious field.
Illinois State's Kyle Bragg, a junior from Bloomington, Ill. (Normal West High) carded his first top-3 finish, firing a 6-under-par, 204 (67-66-71) earning him a second-place finish at the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate Sunday and Monday. He led the Redbirds to a second-place finish, shooting an 849 (277-281-291), beating fellow Missouri Valley Conference teams, Southern Illinois (878), Missouri State (882), Northern Iowa (889), Bradley (891), Creighton (894). Bragg’s 6-under-par 204 was low amongst fellow MVC competitors.
Six of the league's seven men's golf teams in action last week competed in the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate, but Evansville played in the Skyhawk Classic. Freshman Neal Millay shot 70 and finished fourth out of 90 golfers at the Skyhawk Classic, played at Prairie Landing Golf Club. Coach Jim Hamilton's Aces finished eighth out of 16 teams. Millay finished with a 54-hole score of 4-under-par 212, two strokes behind tournament medalist Jonathan Martin of host Tennessee-Martin. Christian Poling shot even par 72 today and finished second for the Aces and 16th overall at 2-over-par 218.