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.
Ty Sanders posted the first tournament win of his career by winning the Diet Pepsi Shocker Classic Tuesday at the Wichita Country Club. Sanders overcame high winds and cold temperatures and was the only golfer to finish at or below par with an even-par tournament score of 142 (E). His second round score of 69 tied a season low.
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.
For the second time in a week, the Drake women's golf team captured a team championship when it overcame a six-shot deficit to win the Hotels at Grand Prairie Collegiate Classic Sunday on the par-72, 6,137-yard Weaver Ridge Golf Club. Five MVC schools were at the tournament. Drake junior Olivia Lansing (Dellwood, Minn.), the defending Missouri Valley Conference medalist, shot an even-par 72 to take medalist honors. Lansing claimed the individual title with a two-round score of 149 and held a three-shot lead on Missouri State’s Kelsey Welber who was second at 152. Drake turned in the best round of the day Sunday with a final round 318 to finish at 632. Missouri State began Sunday’s action in first place and held a six-shot lead on Drake, but the Bulldogs were 10 shots better than the Bears and edged Missouri State by four shots. Originally scheduled for 54 holes, the tournament was shortened to 36 holes because of Monday’s forecast which called for snow and high temperatures around 40 degrees. Indiana State shot the second-best round of the day at 319 to move into third place in the team standings at 638 as the Sycamores edged out fourth-place Bradley (639) by one shot. Western Illinois and Northern Iowa tied for fifth place at 647.
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.