This week's Missouri Valley Conference golfers of the week are Patrick Scheil of Southern Illinois and Illinois State's Stacey Miller. Both led their schools to team titles at their respective tournaments this week and each finished among the top four individuals.
Patrick Scheil (Jr., Williamsburg, Va., Walsingham Academy) led the Salukis to a first-place finish with an 8-over 224 and third place showing at the 14-team GEICO Intercollegiate in Savannah, Ga. Friday and Saturday. Less than a week removed from finishing a career-best 13th at the Samford Inercollegiate (March 9-10), Scheil stormed out with an opening-round 1-under-par 71 which was just a single stroke off his career best. He wrapped up the first day with a 76, and concluded the tournament with a 77 on Saturday to help SIU claim its second win of the 2008-09 season. Scheil has been the team's top finisher in each of the first two spring tournaments. Creighton was also at the tournament, and their top finisher was junior Michael McDonnell. He finished tied for 39th place after scores of 79, 77 and 79 for a 54-hole total of 235.
Two Valley teams (Bradley and Drake) competed at the Hiddenbrooke Intercollegiate. Drake garnered a pair of top 10 finishes from sophomore Ben Freeman and senior Ryan Smith en route to posting a third-place finish. Freeman finished the tournament firing a three-day total of 225 (73-74-78=225) to earn third place laurels, four shots off tournament champion Armando Favela of Loyola-Chicago. Smith carded a 232 (74-78-80=232) to tie for eighth. Freshman Chris Neimiec was Bradley's top finisher, tying for 23rd, as he helped the Braves to a seven-place finish in the field. Fellow freshman Earl Gerlach was one shot behind Niemiec in a tie for 27th place.
The Wichita State men's golf team picked up two spots in the final round, and finished tied for 14th at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate, which concluded Tuesday at the Pinehurst No. 8 Golf Course in Pinehurst, N.C. Zac Potter led the Shockers, finishing tied for 14th with a three-round score of 219.
Three Valley schools competed at the Baylor Spring Invitational. The 54-hole tournament, comprised of 14 teams, was played on the par 72, Twin Rivers Golf Club in Waco, Texas. ISU's Stacey Miller carded a 12-over-par 228 (77-75-76) to finish in a tie for fourth place. After two rounds of play Monday, Miller was in a four-way tie for ninth place with an 8-over-par 36-hole score of 152 (77-75) on the par-72 Twin Rivers Golf Club. On Tuesday’s third, and final, round, Miller tallied a 4-over-par 76. Miller led the Redbirds to a first-place team finish (927). The win was the Redbirds’ highest finish of their fall and spring seasons. ISU defeated MVC rivals Missouri State and Wichita State at the event. Missouri State finished tied for third place. The Bears posted the best team score in the first and third rounds of the tournament (306-317-310) to finish tied with tournament host, Baylor at 933. Senior captain Amy Phalajivin led MSU with a 54-hole total of 230. She fired rounds of 73-78-79 to finish tied in eighth place for the tournament individually. Wichita State finished 14th as senior Krista Hrdlicka carded 78's in each of her rounds, and led the Shockers, finishing tied for 20th with a tournament score of 234.
Drake and UNI competed at the Hiddenbrooke Invitational. The tournament was held at Hiddenbrooke Golf Course in Vallejo, Calif., with a yardage of 6,005 and played to a par-72. Drake University served as the tournament host. Two Drake golfers finished among the top-five finishers, helping the Bulldogs to a fourth-place team finish in the 18-team field. Kelly Godwin tied for second with a three-round 83-76-74=233, while Olivia Lansing was fourth at 78-75-82=235. UNI placed 10th in the final team standings and had to play the final round with only four golfers after seeing Sabrina Danielson miss the final round as a result of a wrist injury. UNI freshman Blair Bonner carded the low-score of the tournament for the Panthers with a tie for 25th after rounds of 81, 82 and 86. Ann Arnason finished in a tie for 49th with a score of 258.
Sophomore Maggie Kersenbrock led Creighton to an eighth place finish in its first tournament of the spring season. The two-day, 36-hole Northern Illinois University 23rd Annual Snowbird Intercollegiate was held at the 5,940-yard, par-72 Pebblecreek Golf and Country Club in Tampa, Fla. Seventeen teams and 100 golfers competed in the event.
The Salukis finished 9th of 15 last week at the El Diablo Intercollegiate, which took place in Citrus Springs, Fla. Braidy Hood shot a 235 (77-77-81) to lead the team and place 13th overall out of 86 golfers. Hood’s 77 in the first and second rounds ties her low for the season.
Evansville sophomore Emily Johnson shot 75 on the final day to move up to a tie for 21st place in the Samford Intercollegiate at 6,000-yard, par-72 Limestone Springs Golf Course. As a team, the Purple Aces finished 12th in the field of 15 teams. Johnson shot 157 in the 36-hole tournament, which was shortened by 18 holes because of cold and rainy conditions on Monday.
Bradley sophomore Caitlin Deeken turned in her lowest round of the spring with a 75, which included an eagle-2 to help lead the Bradley women's golf team to a 316-337 victory over Eckerd College in a dual at St. Petersburg Country Club. Freshman Kelly Amundrud carded a 77 and sophomore Breanne Neufeld fired an 81 to help lead the way for Bradley. The Braves return to action Thursday, Feb. 19 in a dual against Western Illinois in Naples, Fla.