McLaurin Captures First Top-Ten Finish, Bears Seventh at Illinois State
The Missouri State men’s golf team finished in seventh place at the D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate in Normal, Ill. The Bears were tied with Eastern Illinois after 36 holes on Sunday but managed break the tie on the final day by five strokes. The men shot 296 in the last round on Monday finishing with a total of 882. Bears posted 18-hole rounds of 291-295-296.
The tournament was hosted at Weibring Golf Club by Illinois State. The par 70, 6,681-yard course allowed for low scores all three rounds. The individual medalist, Scott Langley of Illinois, finished nine-under par for the tournament with a total of 201.
Leading for the Bears was freshman Jordan McLaurin. He shot 72 in the final round of the tournament, finishing in a tie for sixth place individually. This was the first top-ten finish for the freshman. McLaurin was four-over-par for three rounds and posted a 54-hole total of 212. Second for the men was junior Jay McBride. He was steady for the Bears firing rounds of 74-73-74. McBride finished at 221 in a tie for 30th place.
Freshman Mark Hogan finished with a 77 on Monday. He finished the tournament in 52nd place and a 54-hole total of 227. Also for the Bears was sophomore Jack Courington and junior Ryan Weinhaus. The teammates finished tied in 67th place. Courington shot rounds of 74-79-79 for a 232 54-hole score. Weinhaus improved each round, carding 84-75-73.
Winning the team competition was Illinois which shot rounds of 276-279-276. As a team Illinois finished nine-under-par at 831, running away with the team title. Host Illinois State finished second at 849. The team shot 277-281-291. In third place was Western Illinois which posted 18-hole rounds of 291-284-279 for a 54-hole total of 854. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville was fourth shooting 288-288-289 totaling 865. Finishing four strokes apart in fifth and sixth were Loyola College and Southern Illinois, respectively. Loyola College shot 287-289-298 for a 54-hole score of 874. Southern Illinois shot 294-290-294 to finish only four strokes ahead of the Bears at 878 in sixth.
The next tournament for the Bears is the UTA Water Chase Invitational in Arlington, Texas. The 54-hole event is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be played on October 27 and 28.