Two medalists and a near-career performance highlight this week's golfer of the week selections. Wichita State's Connor McHenry, Illinois State's Joe Emerich and UNI's Ann Arnason share this week's honors as each was medalist or runner-up in their respective tournaments.
A second placed finish by Connor McHenry led the Wichita State men's golf team to a third-place finish at the Linger Longer Invitational, which concluded Saturday at Reynolds Landing Golf Course in Greensboro, Ga. McHenry posted a season-best score of 209 (-7), and came up one stroke shy of his career best tournament score of 208. As a team, the Shockers finished third in the 13-team tournament with a team score of 882. Wichita State finished with a three-stroke edge on fourth placed Mercer, and were 13 strokes behind second-placed Oklahoma State. Georgia won the event with a team score of 867.
Junior Joe Emerich [Palatine, Ill. (Palatine HS)] of Illinois State tallied his first career win after he fired a 1-under par 215 (74-68-73) at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate March 22-24. He led the team to a third-place finish, and was the squad’s seventh-consecutive top-five finish of the season. Emerich was the only player to finish the tournament under par.
Missouri State and UNI competed in the Dessert Shootout. The three-day tournament was comprised of 14 team and was played March 19-21, on the par 72, 7,015-yard Palm Valley Golf Course in Goodyear, Ariz. Jack Courington, a sophomore for the Bears, led Missouri State for the tournament. He fired a career-low, 18-hole score of 69 in the final round. His three-day total of 214 (72-73-69) earned him a 27th place individual finish. Tyler Johnson was UNI's top individual, finishing in a tie for 22nd place with a four-under par 212 total. Johnson shot a final-round 70 on the final day. Host school, Denver, won the tournament with a three-day total of 829, one stroke ahead of Tulsa. Air Force Academy’s Tom Whitney took home medalist honors with a final round of 67 and a tournament total of 200.
Patrick Scheil finished tied for 14th with a 5-over-par 147 to lead Southern Illinois to a third place at the 22-team, 114-golfer First Market Bank Intercollegiate Monday and Tuesday, March 23-24. Scheil, playing in his hometown, opened with a 78 but came back with a career and tied tournament-low 2-under-par 69 in the final round to leap into the top 15. He also recorded one of only eight eagles in the tournament during the second-round, which was one of only two rounds in the 60s. Scheil has lead the team in all three spring tournaments with three-straight top 15 finishes.
Creighton and Evansville competed at the Butler Spring Invitational. The two-day tournament was played at the 6,955-yard, par-72 Prestwick Country Club. Nine teams and 55 golfers competed in the event, which was won by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (310+295=605). The top individual was Wisconsin Green Bay’s Adam Austreng (75+71=146). Evansville freshmen golfers Neal Millay and Griffin Wood finished in the top 10. Millay followed Monday's 78 with a 1-over-par 73 today to finish with a 36-hole score of 151, good for sixth place. Wood shot 77 each day for a two-day total of 154 and eighth overall. Creighton freshman Jack Dressen, who finished tied for 15th place, fired rounds of 79 and 76 for a 36-hole total of 155. The performance is the best for Dressen in collegiate play.
Northern Iowa junior Ann Arnason [Grand Forks, N.D. (Red River HS)] led the Panthers' charge by earning medalist honors and winning the Butler Spring Invite by three shots. Arnason also helped UNI to the team title. Arnason fired a two-over par (74) in the second round to take top individual honors. Arnason's two-day total of 154 strokes allowed her to edge out Detroit's Alainna Stefan by three strokes. The course played to a par-72 and was listed at 6,090 yards. Four University of Evansville golfers finished in the top 12, giving the Purple Aces a third place finish in the eight-team tournament. It was Evansville's highest finish of the season. Sophomore Maggie Wood led the way with rounds of 80 and 83 for a 36-hole score of 163.
Bradley freshman Kelly Amundrud shot a season-best 72 to highlight a dual victory against Western Illinois to wrap up the Braves Spring Break trip to Florida. Amundrud shot a women's competitive course record with her even-par 72 in the dual which used both stroke play and match play for scoring. Bradley returns to action March 29-30 at the Saluki Invitational in Carbondale, Ill.