This week's Missouri Valley Conference golfer of the week is Todd Obergoenner of Southern Illinois. Obergoenner lost a playoff for medalist honors at the ASU Red Wolf Classic. His 5-under 211 was the second-lowest 54-hole score of his career.
Southern Illinois mounted a furious comeback with a season-best 2-under-par 286 Tuesday to finish tied for sixth at the 14-team ASU Red Wolf Classic. The Salukis finished behind Illinois State in the team standings (ISU was 5th). The final-round 286 for SIU was also the sixth-best finish to a tournament in the program's history. Louisiana-Lafayette, the only team to beat the Salukis in the final round, finished with a 285 to take first place with a 867. Senior co-captain Todd Obergoenner nearly had his first tournament victory as a Saluki. Obergoenner found himself in the mix of a three-golfer playoff for the individual medalists, as entered the day tied for third and carded an even-par 72 to tie with Central Arkansas' Jad Sinclair and Louisiana-Lafayette's Kyle Pritchard after 54 holes. In the first playoff hole though Sinclair made par to edge Obergoenner and Pritchard for the title. Obergoenner's 5-under 211 was the second-lowest 54-hole score of his career, and it was the second straight year he finished in the top-two at the ASU Classic. ISU's Tommy Bliefnick and Joe Emerich both carded a 2-over-par 218 at the ASU Red Wolf Classic. Bliefnick (73-72-73) and Emerich (71-73-74) finished the tournament tied for 12th place and lead the Redbirds to a fifth-place finish.
Evansville freshman Michael Sainz produced the best finish of his young collegiate career Sunday, ending up sixth in a field of 85 golfers at the Adidas Hoosier Invitational at the Indiana University Golf Course. Sainz shot 2-over-par 73 on Sunday following rounds of 72 and 69 on Saturday, to finish at 1-over-par 214 for the 54-hole tournament. Host Indiana University won the tournament with a team score of 839, led by medalist Jorge Campillo (68-67-68=203). The Purple Aces finished in a tie for seventh place in the 16-team tournament with a team score of 892. UE shot the fourth best round on Sunday as all five players in the lineup shot between 73 and 76. It was the third consecutive tournament in which the Purple Aces finished in the top half.
Two Valley teams competed at the UMB Bank/Mizzou Tiger Intercollegiate Classic. Missouri State finished 11th. The Bears shot 310 in the final round for a 54-hole total 923. The 14-team field played on The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia Mo., a par 72, 7,221-yard course. Kansas State won, shooting a three-round score of 874. Kelly Kraft of SMU defeated Sebastain MacLean of Xavier on the second playoff hole to claim medalist honors. The two individuals posted 208 for 54 holes. Leading the Bears was junior Jay McBride, carding two-over-par, 74, in the final round. McBride finished tied for 28th place at 226. Northern Iowa finished 13th. UNI shot a final round 314 to finish with a 54-hole total of 931. The Panthers’ Tyler Johnson shot a 77 in the final round to tie for 38th place with a 230 total.
Two women's teams wrapped up their pre-conference tournament schedule at the Eastern Kentucky University Spring Invitational. Southern Illinois finished 14th as they shot 988 (338-322-328) in two days of play in the 18-team tournament. Braidy Hood led the Salukis after day two with a 245 (83-83-79) while Kate Laegeler was close behind shooting a 249 (81-81-87). SIU finished just behind the host team, Eastern Kentucky and ahead of Evansville, SIU-Edwardsville, University of Dayton, and Bowling Green State. Evansville, which finished 15th as a team, was led by Emily Johnson's 54-hole total of 242, giving her a 47th place finish in the 102-player field at Arlington Country Club. Johnson shot rounds of 81 and 79 Saturday, and 82 in Sunday's final round.