Incoming freshman Ariel Tidwell of Allen, Texas, has qualified for a prestigious national tournament.
Former Bear puts up strong defense of state title before falling in playoff.
The defending champion and former Bear holds a one-shot lead entering last round.
A total of 109 Bears Receive Conference Academic Honors
Senior Catherine Dolan fired a 2-over 74 on Saturday, was MSU's highest finisher
Fall 2011: Coming off a memorable summer, compiled a 75.93 scoring average to rank second on the team and fifth in the Missouri Valley Conference...Her outstanding summer included a berth in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, where she advanced out of stroke play and to the final 16 of match play...Also rallied to win the Missouri Women's Amateur Championship at Bellerive Country Club in suburban St. Louis...Posted a pair of top-10 finishes, tying for sixth in the season opener at Nebraska with 76-74-77--227 and taking eighth at Kansas State with 74-78-73--225...Carded 73-77-73--223 at the Johnie Imes Invitational for a tie for 14th...Recorded the Bears' second-best total at the Alamo Invitational, 77-77-72--226, for a tie for 37th...One of the greatest players in school history, she will enter the spring season chasing the MSU career scoring average mark with a 76.77 mark compared to Sally Hinton's 76.74.
2010-11: Got off to a great startin her junior year, taking runner-up honors at the season-opening Redbird Invitational by shooting 74-74-76--224 and wenton to place in the Bears' top two in every fall tournament...Led the team and ranked third in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 75.79 scoring average to earn all-conference honors for the third time in as many seasons...Fired a one-under-par 71 in the final round of the Rio Verde Invitational to capture her first collegiate titlewith a career-best 54-hole score of 218 -- 73-74-71...Followed a week later with a tie for fourth at the Jackrabbit Invitational, where she shot a career-best 69 in the final round and had a 219 total after shooting 74-76 in the first two rounds...Her 73-72-75--220 at the Johnie Imes Invitational earned her a ninth-place finish...Twice was named MVC Golfer of the Week, after Missouri and Rio Verde...Tied for 53rd at the Golfweek Conference Challenge with 77-78-81--236...Collected the last of her three fall top-10 finishes at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial, tying for ninth by recording 74-76-77--227...Finished the fall with a tie for 12th at Memphis with 76-78--154...Tied for 18th at the UALR Classic by shooting 80-71-76--227...Carded 79-75-78--232 to place 26th at Baylor, and 85-75--160 to tie for 25th at MVC Championship.
2009-10: After qualifying for the U.S. Women's Amateur in St. Louis over the summer, she picked up where she left off after her outstanding freshman year, pacing the Bears in their first tournament at Nebraska, shooting 79-78-72--229 to tie for 27th...Led the team and ranked fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring average at 76.97, which places her sixth on the school's single-season list...Notched three top-10 finishes to give her seven already in four collegiate semesters...Tied for fourth at the Hawkeye Intercollegiate with 72-81-74--227 and took eighth at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial after 81-75-72--228...Showed great consistency in the fall as her five 54-hole tournament scores ranged from 226 to 232...Her low of 226 came at the FIU/Pat Bradley Invitational as she shot 75-76-75...Shot 78-73-81--232 to tie for 26th at the Johnie Imes Invitational...Tied for fifth at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship, shooting 75-74-78--227, to earn her second all-conference honor in as many seasons...Placed 29th overall at the Indiana and Jackrabbit Invitationals, posting 79-73-75--227 at Indiana and 82-76-72--230 at the Jackrabbit in Primm Valley, Calif.
2008-09: Wasted no time establishing herself as one of the top players in the Valley, placing third, just a stroke out of first, in her first collegiate tournament, shooting 74-73--147 at the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial and placing in the top 20 of all five fall tournaments...Followed that up with an eighth-place finish against a much stronger field at the Johnie Imes Invitational at Missouri, firing 75-74-73--222, after which she was named Missouri Valley Conference Golfer of the Week...Was one of two freshmen to earn a spot on the all-conference team and was voted MVC Newcomer of the Year by the league's coaches after leading the team with a 77.83 scoring average and ranking fourth in the Valley...Also led the team and tied for 20th at the tough Challenge at Wolfdancer after shooting 79-79-75--233 to finish the fall...Went 76-81-78--235 to tie for 18th at the ORU Shootout and 85-81--166 to take 20th at the MVC Preview...In the spring, finished eighth at the Valley tournament, sandwiching a career-low 71 in between 79 and 83 for 233...Also was ninth at Rio Verde with 79-72-73--224 and 12th at Bradley with 79-82--161.
Background: Capped off a stellar high school career by winning the state Class 2 tournament and then capturing the state junior title in 2008...Medalist at the Girls Four-State Championship, earning the victory over the best players from Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska...Qualified for the Optimist International Junior Championship, PGA Junior Championship and the championship flight of the Women's Western Junior Championship in 2008, while also placing second at the Pepsi Little Peoples for the second consecutive year...The previous year, won the St. Louis Metropolitan Junior Championship and posted four other top-five finishes, including second at the Pepsi Little Peoples and third at the PGA Junior Series event in Oklahoma.
Personal: Catherine Rose Dolan was born April 29, 1990 in St. Louis, Missouri...Daughter of John and Ann Dolan and has five siblings...Majoring in Business.