Bears Move Up On Final Day, Finish Sixth at Hawkeye Invitational
The Missouri State men's golf team rallied to shoot 290 in Sunday's (Apr. 18) final round and moved up two places to finish sixth at the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa. The Bears shot 299-306-290--895 in three trips around the par 72, 7223-yard Finkbine Golf Course at the University of Iowa.
The host Hawkeyes cruised to the team championship, posting a 12-stroke win over runner-up Miami (Ohio), 863-875. Western Illinois was third at 879, then Drake with 881 and UMKC with 883 rounded out the top five. The Bears were sixth in the 10-team field, followed by South Dakota State (899), Northern Illinois (901), Western Kentucky (913) and Bradley (923).
Senior Jay McBride led the way for MSU, shooting a one-over-par 73 in the final round to go with 73-74 to finish with a 220 total and tie for 12th. Will Hogan tied for 19th after carding 71-79-72--222, while Jack Courington tied for 26th with 77-75-73--225. Sophomore Mark Hogan closed with a career-best 72 after going 78-80 Saturday to finish with 230 and place 49th. Junior Matt Cermak shot 82-78-76--236 and tied for 53rd. UMKC's Alex Hogben rallied to win medalist honors after a closing eight-under-par 64 to give him 209 for the tournament, six clear of Western Illinois' Kyle Peterman and Drake's Brad Reierson.
The Bears are back in action next Monday and Tuesday (April 26-27) at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship in Hutchinson, Kan.