This week's Missouri Valley Conference golfers of the week are Daily Young of Missouri State and Christie Lin of Bradley.
Missouri State finished second Tuesday (Feb. 28) at the WSU/Snowman Getaway, coming up a stroke short despite firing the best round of the day. The Bears shot a five-under-par 283 to go with Monday's 292-303 for an 878 total, one behind champion UMKC. The Kangaroos posted 288-304-285--877 in three trips around the par 72, 7015-yard Palm Valley Golf Club in suburban Phoenix. Junior Daily Young finished seventh for the Bears in the medalist race, posting 72-75-69--216. Bradley's Seth Trolia tied for 29th place with a three-round 225.
The rest of the team standings had North Carolina-Greensboro third (890), followed by St. John's and British Columbia (891), host Washington State (892), Utah State (898), SIU Edwardsville (899), Utah Valley (902), Loyola of Maryland (905), Gonzaga (914), Bradley (915), Seattle (931), North Dakota (935), St. Bonaventure (963) and South Dakota (986).
The Creighton men's golf team took the top spot at the Quintero Invitational on Tuesday. The three-team, 18 player event took place at the par 72, 6,845 yard Quintero Golf and Country Club in Peoria, Ariz. The Bluejays posted a team score of 322-314=636 to claim its first title under coach Chris Wiemers. North Dakota State finished second with a score of 328-322=650 and Nebraska-Omaha finished third shooting 333-330=663. The Jays were led by John Rasmussen. The junior finished second overall shooting a 78-76=154. Rasmussen was followed by teammates senior Kevin Stanek (77-79=156) and senior Austin Miller (81-78=159) who finished third and fourth, respectively. Freshman Johnny Spellerberg, who competed as an individual, finished fifth overall after shooting an 82-80=162.
Bradley's Christie Lin (Calgary, Alberta/Sir John G Diefenbaker) shot a season-best, two-under par 70 Tuesday and finished 11th overall to help pace the Bradley women's golf team to a fifth-place team finish at the Island Classic. A week after fellow freshman Thea Hedemann (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan/Walter Murray) shot a school-record 68, Lin continued the trend of putting up low scores with her career-best 70 at the par-72 Corpus Christi Country Club Tuesday. Lin's 11th place finish was a season best and her 54-hole total of 228 marked her lowest three-round score of the year.
Lin's 70 tied for the lowest round of the tournament and was the lowest individual third round score. She helped the Braves shoot the third lowest round of the day at 309 and move up two spots into fifth in the final team standings.
The Illinois State women's golf team finished with its highest rank of the three day tournament, finishing 2nd overall in the three day event. Competing for the second time on Kiawah Island's 5,901 par 72 Oak Point Golf Course, ISU finished with their second best round of the tournament firing a combined 312 in Tuesday's round which put them at 79-over par for the three-day event. Coming off a strong performance in Monday's second round junior Katie Jean again led the way for the Redbirds shooting a team best 1-over par 73 for a combined tournament score of 9-over par which was enough to place her in a three-way tie for 14th, after beginning the final round tied for 29th.
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