Golfers of the Week and Valley Recap (Sept. 11)
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Alex Cusumano of Loyola, Louis Cohen Boyer and Meghan Schuetz of Wichita State, and Kayla Katterhenry of Evansville have been named Golfers of the Week.

MVC Men's Golfers of the Week

Alex Cusumano - Sr. - Loyola - St. Louis, Mo.
Alex Cusumano, a 2012 All-Horizon League selection, got his fall season off to a strong start by shooting an even-par 216 (73-72-71) to help Loyola University Chicago to a sixth-place showing at the competitive Tiger Turning Stone Intercollegiate in Verona, N.Y., September 1-2. Missouri, which earned a No. 5 seed at the 2013 NCAA Regional hosted by Ohio State University, was the host of the Tiger Turning Stone and captured the team title for the third straight year. Cusumano was consistent all weekend, never shooting worse than one-over-par, and in the final round, the left-hander put up a one-under 71 as the Ramblers posted a team score of 288 that day.

At the Green Bay Invitational (Sept. 9-10), Cusumano helped Loyola to a runner-up showing by carding a 36-hole score of 145 (70-75), which included a two-under 70 in round one on September 9. The senior’s performance at the two-day event earned him a tie for third, just four shots off the pace. Through five rounds this fall, Cusumano has not shot worse than three-over par.

Louis Cohen Boyer - Jr. - Wichita State - Paris, France
Louis Cohen Boyer carded a 4-under 68 on Monday to vault into the top 10 at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational.  Boyer closed strongly and finished the tournament tied for seventh with a 3-under 213 (70-75-68).  The junior delivered five birdies and suffered just one bogey over the final 18 holes on Monday.  It is the 12th top-10 finish of the Paris, France native’s career. As a team, Wichita State placed 15th out of 16 schools. The Shockers return to action Monday and Tuesday at the Ram Master Invitational, hosted by Colorado State.

MVC Women's Golfers of the Week

Kayla Katterhenry - Fr. - Evansville - Newburgh, Ind.
In her first-ever collegiate tournament, Aces freshman Kayla Katterhenry showed that she will be a force for the next four seasons as she tied for third place at the Redbird Invitational, hosted by Illinois State.  She opened play by registering scores of 70 and 73 before wrapping up the event 76 to take third place with a 219, just four strokes off of the win.  Katterhenry played amongst the leaders for the full tournament, an event that included four other MVC institutions.

Meghan Schuetz - So. - Wichita State - Bloomington, Ill.
Meghan Schuetz finished the Chip-N-Club Invitational in a tie for fifth place with a 220 (75-69-76). For Schuetz, it was the lowest 54-hole score of her young Shocker career and also her best finish. During her second round 69 on Monday, Schuetz went 5-under on the last four holes on the way to the second best round in Shocker history. She also led Wichita State as they shot the best team score in program history with a 901 (307-292-302) to finish in third place.


MVC Men's Recap


Louis Cohen Boyer ("LEW-ee co-EN bow-YAY") carded a 4-under 68 on Monday to vault into the top 10 at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational.  As a team, Wichita State placed 15th out of 16 schools. Boyer closed strongly and finished the tournament tied for seventh with a 3-under 213 (70-75-68).  The junior delivered five birdies and suffered just one bogey over the final 18 holes on Monday. It is the 12th top-10 finish of the Paris, France native’s career. The remaining Shockers struggled to keep pace, though freshman Timmy Jordan competed as an individual and tied for 34th in his debut.  The Irish national finished with a 4-over 220 (75-73-72). The host school Air Force took the team title at the par-72, 7,408-yard Eisenhower Golf Course.  The Falcons won by 12 strokes over Texas-El Paso with Kyle Westmoreland earning the individual title at -12 (67-68-69=204). The Shockers ended at 36-over (300-308-292=900) to place 12 strokes ahead of Weber State but nine strokes back of 14th-place Maryland.  


Host Green Bay rallied from an eight-stroke deficit to edge Loyola University Chicago for the tournament title at the Green Bay Invitational on a windy day at Green Bay Country Club. With a team score of 589 (284-305), the Ramblers finished only four strokes behind the Phoenix (585) and knocked off Jesuit rival Creighton (618), among others. Loyola junior Nick Dennis, who has been a steady performer in the early going this season, finished one shot off the pace of Green Bay’s Tom Boockmeier (71-70=141). Dennis, who fired a three-under-par 69 in Monday’s opening round, posted a one-over 73 today to finish with a 142 (69-73). He was one of three Ramblers to register top-10 finishes with senior Alex Cusumano turning in a 145 (70-75) to tie for third, and freshman Garrett Marschke burst onto the scene by tying for eighth place with a 149 (73-76) in his first collegiate appearance. Senior Nick Willenborg (72-81=153) tied for 14th and sophomore PJ Riner (76-81=157) tied for 23rd place to round out the Loyola lineup. Competing as individuals, both Sean Hickey (81-84) and Ben Holm (82-83), who was competing in his first meet as a Rambler, carded a 165 to tie for 34th place. Loyola resumes fall play when it participates in the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate hosted by Illinois State University, September 15-16.


The UNI men's golf team finished in 8th place overall after shooting a team score of 297 in the final round of play on Tuesday. The Panthers were led by Jacob Bermel's third-round 72 as a trio of players also carded 75's for the Cats. Following Bermel on the scorecard were Ryan Horner, Dustin Atkinson and Glenn Walls who each shot a 75 in round three. Kyle Driscoll rounded out the scorecard for UNI after ending the tournament with a 76. The Panthers will be back in action when they head to Normal, Ill. to compete  in the D.A. Weibring Invitational on September 15th.


Junior Seth Trolia (Mahomet, Ill./Seymour) shot a final round 74 and tied for fifth to help the Bradley Men’s Golf team to a fourth-place team finish at the season-opening Derek Dolenc Invitational Tuesday. Bradley shot a 301 in Tuesday’s final round at the par-72 Sunset Hills Country Club to take fourth overall in a tournament which featured three other Missouri Valley Conference foes. The team’s 54-hole score of 888 was the lowest three-round team total for the Braves since shooting an 875 at the Murray State Invitational in October 2006.

The Drake Bulldogs men’s golf team earned a seventh-place showing in its season-opening tournament at the SIUE Derek Donenc Invitational on Tuesday (Sept. 10) at the Sunset Hills Country Club posting an 893 (298-295-300) scorecard for the 54-hole event. Drake finished tied with Southern Illinois in what proved to be competitive tournament as only five strokes decided fourth through eighth place.

The Missouri State Bears were one of just three teams in the tournament to not have a single round at 300 above, scoring 299, 299, and 295 over the two-day period. The top two finishers, tournament winners Belmont and host SIU Edwardsville were the others. Senior Eric Straub led Missouri State finishing with the three rounds with 218, 2-over par. His round three 70 was tied for Tuesday’s best score. The rest of the Bears to compete were Nick Langley who finished tied for 19th overall, along with Mitch Mather (tied for 29th), Joey Johnson (tied for 39th), and Mark Karlsen (tied for 52nd). Missouri State will return to Illinois on Sunday to play in the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate in Normal. The two day tournament has Sunday and Monday start times of 8:30 on each day.

After the final round, the Southern Illinois men's golf team finished ninth out of 12 teams at the Derek Dolenc Invitational in Edwardsville, Ill. Belmont won the tournament, which was hosted by SIUE at Sunset Hills Country Club, by posting a 2-over par team score. The Salukis, playing in their first tournament of the fall, combined to finish 36-over. The last time Southern played the course was in 2011, when the team finished in fifth place with a score of 51-over.


Loyola University Chicago opened the 2013 fall campaign with an impressive sixth-place finish at the Tiger Turning Stone Intercollegiate, which concluded with 18 holes of play today at Kaluhyat Golf Course. The Ramblers, who had two individuals finish among the top 16 overall, posted a team score of 288 today to finish the 54-hole tournament with an 885. Host Missouri coasted to the title by shooting a whopping 22-under 849. Leading the charge for Loyola was Alex Cusumano, who finished first among all Rambler golfers by tying for 12th place overall. The left-handed senior, who shot no worse than one-over-par in any of his three rounds, rode the momentum from his impressive play yesterday to shoot a one-under 71 today and finish at an even-par 216 (73-72-71) for the tournament.


MVC Women's Recap


The Missouri State Bears finished the Chip-N-Club Invitational in Lincoln, NE with three golfers in the Top-20.  Junior Megan Thompson led the Bears shooting 229, 13-over par and finishing the tournament in 17th place, just ahead of teammates Megan Furnish (19th place), Lindsey Eisenreich (20th place), and Chiara Citterio (tied for 21st place). The two-day tournament was played in 100-degree temperatures with strong winds throughout both rounds. Missouri State opened the tournament shooting 302 in round one, only behind host and tournament winner University of Nebraska. The Bears finished the tournament scoring 312 in round two and 308 in round three. MSU will next play in the ORU Shootout in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on September 30 and December 1, before hosting the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial in mid-October in Springfield.

Four Shockers landed in the top-20 as the Wichita State women’s golf team carded the best tournament in program history with a 901 (307-292-302) and finished in third place in the Chip-N-Club Invitational at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course. Sophomore Meghan Schuetz used a second round 69 to finish with a 220 (75-69-76) that put her in a tie for fifth place. For Schuetz, it was the lowest 54-hole score of her young Shocker career and also her best finish. Her second round mark is the second best individual round in Wichita State history. Bryce Schroeder gathered a top-10 finish as well with a 226 (75-73-78) to finish in a tie for 10th place. Freshmen Alejandra Villalobos and Sami Stewart also had a strong showing in their first tournament for Wichita State. Villalobos carded a 227 (78-74-75) to finish in a tie for 12th, and Stewart led the Shocker effort on Tuesday with a third round 73 to finish the tournament with a 229 (80-76-73) and in a tie for 17th. Alejandra Arellano shot a 243 (79-85-79) to finish in 45th, and playing as an individual, redshirt sophomore Madison Murphy carded a 249 (81-82-86) to finish in a tie for 58th.


Loyola's women's golf team is off to a solid start in the fall season, having finished second at the 18-hole Windy City Shootout before taking fifth this week at the Green Bay Invitational. Senior Christy Taugner posted a team-low 78 in the opening event to tie for medalist honors while April Ohlendorf, who finished in a tie for fifth in Green Bay, leads the Ramblers with a stroke average of 78.7 through two events. 


The UNI women's golf team finished in 8th place at the Golfweek Challenge alongside the men's golf team after round three. Kaylee Benson and Alex Zenor led the way for the Panthers after they each shot a final round 73. Right behind Benson and Zenor on the scorecard for the Panthers was Jamie Ehrhart who ended her debut for UNI with a 76 in the final round of play. After shooting a 69 in round two, Sarah Boss ended the event with an 81 while Taylor VanDyke improved on yesterday's 86 with an 82 today. The lady Panthers will head to Sioux Falls, S.D. when they compete in the Jackrabbit Invitational on September 23rd.


The field at the IU Fall Kickoff featured players with NCAA Championship experience as both Notre Dame and Purdue sent four golfers to the tournament which were not enough to count in the team scores but made for some interesting matchups during the day’s competition. Seven full teams competed in the event with Louisville taking the team title with a 570 total and Indiana second at 597. Indiana State finished fifth with a 618 total. Louisville’s Laura Retrepo was the medalist with a 139 total.


Sophomore Danielle Lemek (Doniphan, Neb./Doniphan-Trumbull) shot a final-round 79 to tie for fifth and the Bradley women’s golf slipped into fifth place in the final team standings at the season-opening Redbird Invitational Monday. Lemek started the day in a tie for second, but finished in a tie for fifth after a 79 Monday at the par-72 Weibring Golf Course to wrap up play in the first tournament of the season. She turned in a 54-hole score of 221 for the second-lowest 54-hole score of her career and posted the eighth top-10 finish of her career. Lemek finished six shots back of individual medalist Jenna Hague (215) of Ball State and two shots out of the top three.

Three Bulldogs carded final-round scores in the 70’s to spark the Drake women’s golf team to a 10th-place showing at the Redbird Invitational on Monday (Sept. 9) at the D.A. Weibring Golf Course. Senior Hadley Jennings (Trenton, Mo.) led the charge for Drake, who finished with a 935 (300-323-312) team total, on the strength of a final-round 74. Jennings finished tied for 13th with a 54-hole score of 225 (72-79-74).

The Evansville Purple Aces women's golf squad opened up its season on Monday and Tuesday in Normal, Ill. At the Redbird Invitational.  In her collegiate debut at the Redbird Invitational, freshman Kayla Katterhenry led the Purple Aces as she finished in a tie for third place.  She opened the event with rounds of 70 and 73 before carding a 76 in Monday's final round to move up in the standings. Paige Crafton was the next UE player, taking 17th place. As a team, the Aces came in a tie for 8th place overall.

Hayley Guyton fired a career-best score, as she led the Illinois State women’s golf team to a fourth-place finish at the Redbird Invitational Monday at the Weibring Golf Club. Guyton’s three-round score of 221 (71-75-75) placed her in tie for fifth place, the highest finish of her career. Illinois State finished fourth with a team score of 908 (297-305-306), as Toledo won the tournament for the second-straight year with a score of 890 (297-295-298). Ball State (902) and Bowling Green State (903) finished in second and third place, respectively. The Redbirds return to the course in a week, as they travel to Simpsonville, Ky., to compete in the Cardinal Cup, Sept. 16-17.

Southern Illinois finished tied for eighth with Evansville at the Redbird Invitational in Normal, Ill., this past weekend. The eclectic Saluki group of two seniors, two freshman and a sophomore posted a tournament total of 930, improving the last two days by shooting 309s. Including Cassie Rushing's seventh-place finish, the Salukis had nine total rounds in the 70s -- including three by freshmen Brooke Cusumano and Kristie Yang in their first collegiate action.