In what was a fairly light week in Valley golf, as Kelly Amundrud of Bradley and Ben Freeman of Drake captured the league's final Golfer of the Week honors for the 2008 fall schedule. It marked the final fall tournaments for both the men's and women's programs in the Missouri Valley.
ARROYO GRANDE, CALIF. Two Valley women's teams competed in the 19-team Lamkin Grip Cal Poly Invitational Tuesday at the Cypress Ridge Golf Course. Bradley took fifth place with a two-round 303-314=617, behind two top-five individual finishes. Drake, meanwhile, closed out the fall campaign by tying with Xavier for ninth place with a two-round 627.
Bradley took fifth as a team in a field which included 10 teams ranked in the top 150 according to Golfweek.com, including team champ and 27th-ranked San Jose State. Bradley freshman Kelly Amundrud finished ahead of five players ranked in Golfweek’s top 160, including San Jose State’s Erica Moston, who was ranked 18th, and MVC stroke average leader Olivia Lansing of Drake.
Amundrud finished fourth and senior Bari Erais tied for fifth to help lead the Bradley women’s golf team to a fifth-place finish at the Cal Poly Invitational to conclude the fall schedule. Amundrud shot a pair of 74’s to finish fourth at 148 and was five shots behind the medalist. Erais tied the school record with a career-best 69 in the opening round, but was hampered by a finger injury in the second round and carded an 80 to finish in a tie for fifth place at 149. Lansing led Drake by tying for 10th with a 76-75=151.
With higher winds and cooler temperatures, only one team surpassed its first-round total -- Boise State was seven strokes better than its first-round 322 aggregate -- and Cal State Northridge equaled its first-round 311 total. San Jose State won the tournament with a 598 total for 36 holes, 12 strokes better than runner-up Sacramento State.
GULF SHORES, ALA. Indiana State’s Kayley Bodine had her best finish of the fall season, her second top 10 finish and was selected to the All-Tournament team as the Sycamores wrapped up their fall season with a fifth-place finish in the UAB Fall Beach Bash on Tuesday.
Bodine, starting on the fourth hole, birdied the sixth to get back to even par for the tournament but gave that shot back with a bogey on the seventh. Bodine picked up another birdie on the 17th but had six bogies on the round to finish at four over 76. The 149 total ties Bodine’s low 36 hole total for the fall and the fifth place finish was her best of the season. The Sycamore junior also shot a 149 at the Cardinal Classic where she finished in a tie for eighth.
Stevy Loy of Columbia University took medalist honors with a two under par 142. Columbia University took the team title with a 597 total while Samford was second at 603, Jacksonville State third at 618 and Southern Mississippi fourth at 619. Indiana State and Cincinnati tied for fifth at 620. The UAB Fall Beach Blast was played on the 5,945 yard, par-72 course at The Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club in Gulf Shores, Ala.
AUSTIN, TEXAS Missouri State wrapped up its fall season against a very tough 16-team field with several top-ranked collegiate programs. The Challenge at Wolfdancer was hosted by Texas State in Austin, Texas on Wolfdancer Golf Club, a par 72, 6,141-yard course. The Bears finished 13th with 18-hole rounds of 322-326-322 for a tournament total of 970. The women finished only two strokes behind Illinois in 12th and seven strokes behind Iowa in 11th at 963.
Freshman Catherine Dolan led the team individually finishing tied for 20th in a field of 90 golfers. Dolan fired two consecutive rounds of 79 and finished the tournament with a three-over-par round, 75. Her tournament total, 233, was only four strokes out of 10th place.
The Drake men's' golf team closed out its fall campaign at the 54-hole Kaua'i Collegiate Invitational (Nov. 3-5) on the 6,954-yard par-72 Puakea Golf Course in Lihue, Kaua'i, Hawaii. The University of Hawai'i hosted the meet which featured Boise State, Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, James Madison, Louisiana Tech, Osaka Gakuin, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose State, UC Riverside, Utah and Weber State.
The Bulldogs were led by sophomore Ben Freeman at the tournament. He finished a team-best ninth place overall with a three-round 69-71-69=209 (-7). Derek Wallace of UNC Wilmington won medalist honors with a three-round 201. San Diego won the team title with a three-round 825 (39 strokes under par). Drake finished fourth in the 13-team field of 284-278-283=845 (-19). In addition to Freeman, Cody Schweinefus of Drake had a top-10 individual finish, tying for 10th with a three-round 71-69-70=210.