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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 | Golf
Garza Claims Golfer of the Week Honor
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.
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.