This week's Missouri Valley Conference golfers of the week include Wichita State's Rafael Becker, Bradley's Daniel Young, and UNI's Brittany Atterbury. Both Young and Atterbury claimed medalist honors at Bradley's Hotels at Grand Prairie Invitational.
Wichita State's Rafael Becker placed 3rd at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, Arizona thanks to three sub-70 rounds. The junior carded a 9-under (67-66-68=201) at the Talking Stick North Course to lead Wichita State to a sixth-place finish in the 24-team tournament. The No. 29 (GolfWeek) Shockers were in 11th place after the first round and 15th place after the second round at the 7,133-yard, par-70 course before rallying behind Becker on the final day to tie for sixth. Becker has recorded four-straight top 10 finishes and placed in the top three in three of those tournaments. His 54-hole total 201 set a personal best at WSU.
Bradley's Daniel Young claimed medalist honors at the Hotels at Grand Prairie, carding rounds of 70, 72 and 73 to edge Loyola-Chicago’s Erik Hoops by one shot for top individual honors. After opening tournament play with a career-best two-under par-70 at the par-72 WeaverRidge Golf Club, Young followed it up with rounds of 72 and 73 to finish at one-under 215 as he turned in the lowest 54-hole total by a Bradley golfer since Coby Thompson shot 215 in Oct. 2009 at the Butler Fall Invitational.
The Panther men's golf team has ended play at the C.O.G. Mizzou Intercollegiate with a 13th place finish. Ryan Horner was tops for UNI with a three-round 227, good for 31st place. Creighton also competed at the tournament and the Bluejays were right behind, finishing in 14th place. The 54-hole tournament took place at The Club at Old Hawthorne, a par-72 7,221-yard course in Columbia, Mo. Kevin Stanek was the top golfer for the Jays. The senior finished in the top-20 for the third time this spring when he tied for 19th with a 224.
Missouri State tied for sixth Tuesday (Apr. 10) at the ULM/Wallace Jones Invitational in Calhoun, La. The Bears entered the day fifth in the 11-team field after shooting 319-292 Monday, then added 315 on the final 18 holes to post a 926 total. Senior Will Hogan was the top finisher for MSU, posting a 10th-place finish by shooting 78-73-74--225 in three trips around the Southern Pines Calvert Crossing layout. The team title went to host Louisiana-Monroe in a sudden-death playoff over Oklahoma City after the two tied with 887 totals.
Evansville senior Griffin Wood posted his third top five finish of the school year, tying for fifth place in a stacked lineup at the Hoosier Invitational, which was hosted by Indiana University. Wood began the tournament just a stroke off the lead following his first-round score of 69 (-2). After shooting a 1-under 70 in the second round, he capped off the event on Easter Sunday with a 72. He came home in a tie for fifth place with a 211. He was just two strokes out of finishing in the top three. Illinois State also competed at the event and was led by Wils Hawn, who fired a three-round 222 for 43rd.
UNI took home the first place honors at the Grand Prairie Invite in Peoria, Ill. The Panthers were led by senior, Brittany Atterbury who also took home the individual first place medal. The Panthers held the lead through all three rounds of play and their 295 second round score was the lowest of the tournament. Brittany Atterbury's second round 69 (-3) was also the best individual performance of the event.
Southern Illinois took home second place. The Salukis finished 15 strokes behind first place UNI with a combined three-round score of 923 including a 311 in the final round at WeaverRidge Golf Course. The Salukis have now finished in the top two in each of their spring tournaments and have a 40:3 win-loss ratio. Cassie Rushing led the Salukis with a third place overall finish with a final three-round score of 227. She trailed winner Brittany Atterbury of UNI by seven stroke
Bradley freshman Thea Hedemann turned in the lowest round of the day with a two-over 74 to help the Bradley women's golf team shoot 314 and climb into a tie for fourth in the final team standings at the Hotels at Grand Prairie Invitational Saturday. Hedemann was Bradley's top finisher, tying for eighth at 235 following her third-round 74 to edge fellow freshman Christie Lin by one shot.
Drake sophomore Hadley Jennings was the Bulldogs' top finisher with a 54-hole total of 235 (84-76-75=235), to complete the tournament tied for eighth place.
Indiana State freshman Amanda Smith became the third Sycamore player to record a top 10 finish during her freshman season as she led the Sycamores with a 231 total and a sixth place finish. The freshman posted a 78 in Saturday’s final round to finish with a career best 54-hole round of 231.
Creighton and Wichita State are currently competing in the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic in Chandler, Ariz. Results from that event will be highlighted in next week's golf release and player of the week selections.