Women's Golf Propels into Fifth-Place Tie after Second-Round MVC Low
April 21, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Missouri State women's golf is tied for fifth after the second round of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship with a score of 305-303--608 through the first 36 holes.
Missouri State used a second-round 15-over, which was the lowest recorded on Monday, to move into a tie with Southern Illinois (300-308--608) for fifth in the Conference Championship. MSU was the only Valley school to record a lower second-round score than what they shot on Sunday to open the tournament.
The Bears were in a lock for sixth with Evansville (305-306--311) and Drake (305-311--616) entering the Monday, but was able to break apart thanks to an impressive 303. The Missouri State 303 is the second-lowest second-round score that the Bears have recorded all season, only behind the 297 posted in the middle round of October's MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial.
Bradley (293-306--599) maintained their position at the top of the standings; with pre-championship favorite Wichita State (297-304--601) a mere two-strokes back. Indiana State (296-307--603) sits in the third-position, with last year's champion, Illinois State (297-309--606), in fourth.
Missouri State and Southern Illinois (300-308--608) are locked together in fifth. Rounding out the field are Evansville, Drake, Northern Iowa (307-313--620), and Loyola (311-311-622).
Sophomore Megan Furnish (76-73--149) jumped 14 spots into a tie for sixth. Her 1-over performance on Monday was topped only by four of the fifty golfers. This is the first 73 of Furnish's Missouri State career.
Matching Furnish's 14-position rise was junior Estefania Acosta, who moved into a six-way tie for 12th. Acosta was 2-over on Monday and recorded 77-74--151.
MVC regular-season stroke leader, Danielle Lemek of Bradley, claimed sole possession of first place on Monday and lowering her score to 5-under after shooting 69-70--139.
Indiana State's McCall Christopher (69-75--144) sits in second after sharing the lead through 18 holes, and is a stroke below than Wichita State's Alejandra Arellano (73-72--145).
The final round of the MVC Championship will tee off at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning at Panther Creek Country Club. The conference champion will earn an NCAA regionals automatic bid.