Valley Names Golfers of the Week (Oct. 22)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Two student-athletes who earned medalist honors are this week's Missouri Valley Conference Golfers of the Week.  Drake's Olivia Lansing captured first place at the MVC Fall Preview, and Wichita State's Dustin Garza earned medalist honors for the third-straight tournament, this time at the Sycuan Collegiate Invitational.

Drake junior Olivia Lansing (Dellwood, Minn.) captured medalist honors in the Missouri Valley Conference Fall Preview women’s golf tournament Tuesday at the Lake Panorama National Golf Course.  The host Bulldogs finished second in the nine-team field with a 323-317=640, trailing team champion Bradley by three strokes.

The Braves, who entered Tuesday in second-place one stroke behind co-leaders Drake and Missouri State, fired a 313 final round to finishwith a 637 total. 

Lansing posted a 76-75=151 total on the par-72, 6,107 yard layout to win the individual title by one stroke over Missouri State’s Amy Phalaljivin (73-79=152).  It marked the second individual title that Lansing has captured this fall after winning the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa, Oct. 5.  Lansing was medalist in the 2007 State Farm MVC Tournament in Omaha, Neb.  Phalajivin's second-place finish was the best career finish for her.

Junior Betsy Conry had a hole-in-one on the 150-yard, par-3 third hole and her shot was into the wind. Conry used a four iron for the first hole-in-one of her life and coach Debbie Conry says this was the first ace in her 16 years at Creighton.


Two league teams (Evansville and Indiana State) competed at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate in  Clarksville, Tenn.   Evansville's Vandi Gooch tied for seventh with a 79-75=154 (+10), while Indiana State's Breanne Smith led the Sycamores with a two-round 77-78=155 (+11) to tie for ninth place overall.  Tennessee Tech won the 17-team F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate with a score of 620


Junior Dustin Garza earned medalist honors for the third-straight tournament Tuesday at the Sycuan Collegiate Invitational. Garza followed a career-best second-round score of 61 (-11) with a four-under 68 in the final round of the event, on his way to a 16-under tournament score of 200 (71-61-68), a new personal best.

Garza has been hot this fall, finishing no worse than second in five tournaments, and setting personal-best scores in each of the last three events. He was the only Shocker to finish the tournament with a sub-par score. Zac Potter finished the tournament with a one-over 217 (76-69-72), while Connor McHenry and Ty Sanders each posted four-over scores of 220. Brad Boan rounded out the Shocker scorecard with an eight-over score of 224 (72-74-78).

As a team, the Shockers finished seventh in the 20-team event with a tournament team score of 853 (288-275-290.)  Wichita State finished one stroke behind sixth-placed San Diego State, and eight strokes up on Fresno State and San Jose State, who tied for eighth. Colorado State won the event by posting a 27-under team score of 837.


Meanwhile, Bradley competed in the Austin Peay Intercollegiate.  Freshman Earl Gerlach (Normal, Ill./Normal West) shot a season-best 73 and junior Zach Wanken (Galesburg, Ill./Galesburg) matched Gerlach’s 73 to help the Bradley men’s golf team climb into 16th place in the final standings of the Austin Peay Intercollegiate Tuesday at the par-72 Links at Novadell.  The Austin Peay Intercollegiate was the final event of the Fall for the Bradley men’s golf team. The Braves are scheduled to return to action next spring.