This week's Missouri Valley Conference Golfer of the Week is Wichita State's Dustin Garza. The Valley's stroke-average leader took third place in the Aggie Invitational over the weekend, shooting a 69-72=141 in the rain-shortened event.
The Wichita State men's golf team finished 11th at the Aggie Invitational, which concluded Sunday at the Traditions Golf Course in Bryan, Texas. Dustin Garza was the only Shocker to post a sub-par round, and led the Shockers in the event. Garza followed an opening round of 69 with an even-par 72 in the final round of the event, which was shortened to 36 holes after thunderstorms dumped heavy rain on the course Saturday morning. Garza finished third in the tournament. As a team, the Shockers posted a team score of 763, and finished in sole possession of 11th in the 12 team event. WSU was two strokes behind 10th-placed Baylor, but finished 17 strokes ahead of Kansas, who brought up the rear of the field. Oklahoma State won the tournament, posting a team score of 714.
Two Valley teams (Bradley and Creighton) competed at the Beu/Mussatto Invitational in Macomb, Ill. The par-72, 6,862-yard tournament was played at the Harry Mussatto Golf Course. Sophomore Coby Thompson posted the first top 10 individual finish for the Bradley men’s golf team in nearly two years as he helped the Braves to a fifth place finish. Originally scheduled for a 54-hole event, the tournament was shortened to 36 holes after windy conditions made the course unplayable Tuesday afternoon. Thompson, who shot a 74 in Monday’s first round, followed up with a 79 to tie for eighth place at 153 (sharing the spot with two fellow MVC golfers from Creighton). The top 10 finish for Thompson was the first for a Brave since Ryan Saurs at the 2007 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship. The top two finishers for Creighton were senior Tom Gross and junior Michael McDonnell. Both golfers finished with a total score of 153, with Gross shooting rounds of 77 and 76 and McDonnell turning in scores of 75 and 78. South Dakota State University won the team title with a total score of 600 and the Jackrabbits Trent Peterson won the individual medal with a score of 142.