SUNDAY (May 19) RECAP -- Paced by medalist Stacey Miller, Illinois State captured its league-record 10th conference title at the 2009 State Farm MVC Women's Golf Championship on Sunday, May 19, at the par-72, 6,081-yard Lake Panorama National Resort in Panora, Iowa.
By winning, Miller earned a second-straight MVC all-conference award and became the first Redbird to win medalist honors since Samantha Richdale (2006). Miller was joined on the all-conference team by teammates Laura Harris and Marisa Milligan, Drake's Olivia Lansing and Kelly Godwin, Indiana State's Kayley Bodine and Breanne Smith, Missouri State's Catherine Dolan and Kelsey Welber and Wichita State's Kristin Kosch. In a vote of league coaches, Lansing was named MVC Golfer of the Year, Dolan was Newcomer of the Year, while Darby Sligh of Illinois State earned Coach of the Year honors.
Miller fired a three-round 74-71-80=225, while Lansing was 75-69-82=226. Lansing's 69 was the tournament 18-hole low round. Milligan was a close third, firing a three-round 73-75-79=227.
The Redbirds, who fired a 301-295-325=921 total outdistanced second-place Drake by 12 strokes (933). Illinois State also won the conference title last year and will represent the MVC in the NCAA Regionals in early May. Drake, meanwhile, had its highest-ever finish. The Bulldogs are a third-year program and finished ninth and fifth in its first two seasons. Drake was followed in the team standings by Wichita State, which fired a three-round 935. Fourth-place was tightly contested with six strokes separating four teams. UNI (941) finished fourth, followed by Missouri State (942), Indiana State (945), Creighton (946), Bradley (952), Southern Illinois (964), and Evansville (977).
Wichita State's third-place showing was its best since finishing third in 2002, while Indiana State's sixth-place showing was the best for the three-year program.
Only a handful of players broke 80 on the final day, which was marred by cold weather and blistering winds. Braidy Hood of Southern Illinois had the best round of the final day, shooting a four-over-par 76. Maggie Kersenbrock and Maureen White of Creighton, and Kelsey Bodine of Indiana State each shot a 78.
SATURDAY (April 18) RECAP -- After two rounds of the State Farm MVC Women's Golf Championship, Illinois State is in position to win its league-record 10th conference title as the Redbirds hold an eight-shot edge over second-place Drake. The tournament, being played at the par-72, 6,081-yard Lake Panorama National Resort in Panora, Iowa, will conclude Sunday with 18 holes, beginning with tee times at 8 a.m.
Three players broke par on Saturday, led by Drake's Olivia Lansing, who fired a three-under 69, one stroke off the conference tournament record and low for the day. Lansing leads all players after 36 holes, with an even-par 144. She is the defending tournament medalist. Illinois State's Stacey Miller, who fired a 71 today, is in second place, one stroke behind Lansing, with a 145. And Miller's teammate, Marisa Milligan, is in third, with a two-round 148. Catherine Dolan of Missouri State also fired a 71 today, and the freshman is tied for fourth overall with Wichita State's Kristin Kosch, with identical 150s.
Illinois State had a tournament-low round of 295, and the Redbirds have a 36-hole total of 596, on pace for the league's 54-hole record of 899, set by Southern Illinois in 2007. Drake also broke 300 as a team Saturday, marking the first sub-300 round in the program's history. The Bulldogs shot 296 today to leapfrog three teams in the standings to climb to second overall with a 308-296=604. Wichita State is also in contention for a title, as the Shockers are third with a 609. Two teams are tied for fourth at 616 (Missouri State and UNI), followed by Bradley (626), Indiana State (627), Creighton (629), Evansville (632) and Southern Illinois (636).
FRIDAY (April 17) RECAP -- In a tightly-packed team competition, Illinois State holds a three-stroke lead over second-place Wichita State after the first 18 holes in the State Farm MVC Women's Golf Championship. Only 18 strokes separate first from 10th at the championship, played on the par-72, 6,801-yard layout at the Lake Panorama National Resort in Panora, Iowa. Two players from Illinois State -- the prechampionship favorite -- finished in the top five, but it's two non-ISU players, both freshmen, who lead the field: Bradley's Kelly Amundrud (72) and UNI's Blair Bonner (73). ISU's Marisa Milligan also shot a 73 to tie Bonner for second place after the first 18 holes. Three others shot 74, including Kayley Bodine of Indiana State, Stacey Miller of Illinois State, and Breanne Neufeld of Bradley.
Illinois State's team score of 301 paced the field as four Redbirds finished among the top-20 golfers on Day One. Wichita State, picked seventh in the pre-championship poll, carded a 304 on Friday, while four Shockers also finished among the top-20 players. WSU's Kristin Hrdlicka and Kristin Kosch paced the Shockers with first-round 75's. UNI was just two strokes back (306), and the Panthers, too, had four players among the Top 20.
Conditions on Friday were fair, with temperatures approaching 70 degrees, with moderate winds. Saturday, however, will be a different story, as rain is expected for much of the day. Teams will 'double tee' at 8 a.m. (teams will go off of both No. 1 and No. 10 tees) on Saturday in hopes of finishing before the worst of the weather arrives.
TOURNAMENT PREVIEW -- Defending champion Illinois State has been picked to win the 2009 State Farm MVC Women’s Golf Championship, according to a pre-championship poll of league coaches. The Redbirds, led by second-year coach Darby Sligh, narrowly edged Drake in the voting. Last year, Illinois State (941) won its league-record ninth title, and first since 2005, with an 11-shot victory over defending champion Southern Illinois (952). The Redbirds, who had four players in the top-11, were led by first-year coach Darby Sligh, who earned Coach of the Year honors. The 2008 State Farm MVC Women's Golf Championship was Sunday-Tuesday, April 13-15, at Oak Hills Country Club in Omaha, Neb.
Lake Panorama National Resort, (641.755.2080), 5071 Clover Ridge Rd, Panora, IA 50216, is the host site for the 2009 State Farm MVC Women’s Golf Championship. Players will play 54 holes for the medalist competition. The team score for the 54-hole competition will be comprised of the best four of five scores for each 18-hole round from each team. The final score is determined by totaling each daily round.
Pairings: Pairings on the first day shall be determined by the pre-championship coaches’ poll with the number five golfers on the lowest scoring teams teeing off first; not more than one player per school per threesome where possible. Pairings for subsequent rounds shall be based on the results of the previous round, with the highest scoring teams and individuals teeing off first. Play will begin at 8:00 am on all days of competition.