Bears? Golfers Earn Conference Honors, Men Place Fourth at MVC Championship
The Missouri State men’s golf team completed its 2008-09 season with a fourth place finish at the 2009 State Farm MVC Championship on Tuesday. The Bears moved up one spot in the final round of competition posting 304 as a team. The conference tournament, hosted by Southern Illinois, was at a neutral site in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The nine-team field played 54 holes of competition on Dalhousie Country Club a par 72, 7,242-yard course.
For the eighth time in the last 11 years, Wichita State earned the team title recording a final round 291 to finish with a three-round total 882. Illinois State finished five strokes back at 897 and Southern Illinois was third at 905.
Shocker teammates Dustin Garza and Connor McHenry shared medalist honors in leading the team to its title, as each fired a three-round even-par 216 to eclipse the field.
Junior Jay McBride paced the Bears, moving up three spots in the final round to record his best conference finish. He posted a final round one-over-par 73 to finish tied for fourth place individually at 225 for 36 holes. For his performance, he was awarded MVC All-Conference honors.
Sophomore Matt Cermak and junior Ryan Weinhaus tied individually for 26th place at 237. Cermak shot 78 in the final round and Weinhaus posted 82 for the day.
Also earning honors at the conference meet was freshman Jordan McLaurin who was named Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year for his performance throughout the 2008-09 season. McLaurin shot 82 on Tuesday to finish tied for 33rd place at 240 with teammate Jack Courington, a sophomore for the Bears. Courington was low for the Bears in the final round, posting an even-par round 72.
Day 1 Recap
Wichita State led the competition after 36 holes, posting 295-296 as a team for a 36-hole total 591. The Shockers were trailed by pre-championship favorite, Illinois State, at 604 in second. Southern Illinois finished the day at 613 in third and two strokes ahead of the Bears in fourth was Evansville at 623.
The Bears completed the first 36 holes of the championship Monday in fifth place shooting 322-303, improving 19 strokes in the second round to finish with a two-round total, 625.
Dustin Garza of Wichita State topped the individual leader board by two strokes over teammate Connor McHenry. He shot 73-71 to finish even par for 36 holes at 144.
McBride led the men for the first 36 holes, firing 78-74, improving in the second round by four strokes. He entered the final 18 holes of competition in a tie for seventh place at 152. Second for the Bears was Weinhaus at 156 posting 18-hole rounds of 82-74. He finished the day tied for 18th place individually. McLaurin shot 81-77 in the opening rounds of his first conference tournament and after 36 holes was tied for 24th place with a two-round total 158.
Cermak and Courington completed the Bears’ team, posting rounds of 81-78 and 83-85, respectively. Cermak finished one stroke behind McLaurin at 159, tied for 27th place. In 43rd place with a 36-hole total 168 was Courington.