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Wednesday, April 08, 2009 | Golf
MVC Golfers of the Week
Two medalists are featured as this week's golfers of the week in the Missouri Valley Conference. Wichita State's Ty Sanders won the Diet Pepsi Shocker Classic, while Olivia Lansing won the Hotels at Grand Prairie Collegiate Classic in Peoria.
Seven league schools participated at the Branson Creek Invitational this week. The event was shortened to 36 holes due to inclement weather with 27 holes played Monday and the final nine Tuesday. Tommy Bliefnick, a junior from Illinois State finished in fourth place after carding a 7-over-par 149 (76-73). He led the team to a third-place finish, beating fellow Missouri Valley Conference teams, Southern Illinois (624), Drake (625), Missouri State (628), Creighton (635), Northern Iowa (638) and Bradley (652). Bliefnick was low among Valley competitors. Kyle Bragg (ISU), Luke Joy (DU) and Patrick Scheil also carded top-10 finishes.
Evansville posted the third best score of the day to move up to fifth place in the final standings Tuesday at the 12-team Big Blue Intercollegiate, held at the 6,812-yard Hermitage Golf Course. Freshman Griffin Wood led UE's balanced effort with a 1-under-par 71 in Tuesday's final round, giving him a 54-hole total of 1-over-par 217. Wood finished 12th in the field of 70 golfers.
Stacey Miller carded a 17-over-par 233 (76-78-79) to finish in a four-way tie for sixth place at the Indiana Invitational in Columbus, Ind. After two rounds of play Monday, Miller was in a tie for fifth place with a 10-over-par 154 (76-78). On Tuesday’s third and final round, Miller tallied a 7-over-par 79. The Bloomington, Ill., native led the Redbirds to a ninth-place team finish (965). ISU faced a tough field of competition with ranked teams like UNLV and Texas. The Redbirds defeated in-state rival Illinois, who finished in 10th place with a team score of 972 in the tournament.
Wichita State and Creighton competed at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic in Norman, Okla. The Shockers finished 12th of 15 teams while Creighton was 12th. Kristen Kosch of Wichita State tied for 21st with a three-round 80-81-79=240.