Illinois State has swept this week's Missouri Valley Conference golfers of the week awards as Stacey Miller takes the honor in women's golf, while Tommy Bliefnick is the men's winner.
The Indiana Invitational was held on the par 72/6,142 yard Indiana University Golf Course under near perfect conditions although the opening round on Saturday was delayed an hour by frost. A total of 90 individuals and 16 teams competed in the two-day event.
Senior Stacey Miller of Illinois State tied for 4th place at the Indiana Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. on April 10-11. Miller was the top MVC golfer at the tournament with an individual three-round score of 216 (72-75-72). As a team, ISU shot a 908 (294-307-307). Her teammate Marisa Milligan shot the lowest 18-hole round of her career in the first round with a 69. She improved her previous carer low, 73, by four strokes. Milligan ended the three-round tournament in a tie for 22nd with a 225 (69-79-77).
MSU sophomore Kelsey Welber fired an even-par 72 Sunday (Apr. 11) and Missouri State closed with a 299 team score to move up a spot and finish seventh. The Bears posted 305-303-299--907 for the tournament and Welber shot 72-78-72--222 to tie for eighth place, her second top-10 finish of the spring. Indiana claimed the team title on its home course firing 886 to post a six-shot victory over runner-up Colorado, which carded 892.
Senior Breanne Smith became the first Indiana State women’s golfer to post a bogey free round and established the Indiana State record for low round with a third round 68 at the Indiana Invitational on Sunday. The 68 was also the low score of the field in the third round. The senior had a three round total of 222 (76-78-68) to finish in a tie for eighth, her fifth top finish in nine events this season. | RESULTS: CLICK HERE
UNI captured the championship at the Creighton Golf Classic in Omaha, Neb., on Tuesday, pulling away on the final day to win by a 12-stroke margin. The title was UNI’s first of the 2009-10 season. The last event won by the Panthers was the Butler Spring Invite on March 23-24, 2009. Sophomore Blair Bonner led the pack, taking third place with an 80-80--160 card to notch the highest finish of her career. UNI put together a balanced performance from its top five golfers, with all five finishing in the top 11 of the individual standings. Creighton finished second in its own tournament, led by Maggie Kersenbrock's fifth-place individual finish. | RESULTS: CLICK HERE
The Wichita State's women's golf team finished the Baylor Spring Invitational a stroke behind Boise State as the Shockers ended their last regular-season tournament in 15th place on Tuesday. Wichita State (982) wrapped up the third round at Twin Rivers Golf Club just one stroke shy of Boise State (981) while the Baylor Bears took both the team (904) and individual medalist honors at their home tournament. Junior Lauren Hassell led the team at the conclusion of the day for the second day in a row for the Shocks. Hassell shot an 83 on Tuesday to finish the tournament tied for 46th (79-80-83). | RESULTS: CLICK HERE
Illinois State senior Tommy Bliefnick continued his solid play on the final day of the ASU Red Wolf Classic. Bliefnick moved up one spot and finished tied for sixth place after he fired a 4-under-par 212 (71-70-71). His effort helped the Redbirds finish alone in fifth place in the 18-team field with a 3-over-par 867 (286-293-288). Missouri State finished ninth while competing at RidgePointe Country Club in Jonesboro, Ark. Middle Tennessee State shot a 282 on the final day and rallied to edge Central Arkansas and first-day leader Stephen F. Austin for the team title. Sophomore Will Hogan led the Bears for the fourth consecutive tournament, shooting a steady 71-73-72--216, even par, to finish tied for 17th. SIU was also there, finishing 16th as a team, while Patrick Scheil tied for 27th with a total score of 219. | RESULTS: CLICK HERE
Senior Tyler Johnson was UNI’s top performer at the COG Mizzou Intercollegiate, taking a tie for 15th place in the individual standings by shooting a three-over-par 219. Johnson fired a 68 in the second round to set the team’s new low mark for the season. The 15th place finish was also Johnson’s best finish of the 2009-10 season. UNI took 13th place out of the 15 teams competing at the Mizzou Intercollegiate with a team score of 307-296-312--915 (+51). Creighton was 14th. Freshman John Rasmussen was Creighton's best golfer in Columbia. He shot rounds of 78, 74 and 76 for a 228 total, a score that landed him in a tie for 46th place. It was the third time in four tournaments this spring that Rasmussen has led the team. | RESULTS: CLICK HERE