April 24, 2012
MVC Championship Final Results
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Missouri State women’s golf team moved into the driver’s seat Tuesday afternoon and didn’t look back, capturing the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship title. Overcoming a three-stroke deficit, the Bears held off a surge by four-time defending champion Illinois State, and defeated the second-place Redbirds by three strokes.
"It was just a really exciting day," head coach Kevin Kane said after the win. "There were five teams in it until the end, but we played really well during the last five or six holes. We were tough as nails down the stretch and that was what won it for us."
Tuesday’s victory comes as Missouri State’s second team title in school history. In 2001, the Bears edged out Bradley for their first MVC championship. It marks the eighth time in nine years that the pre-championship favorite has gone on to win the crown.
On Monday, head coach Kevin Kane predicted that the competition at the top of the leaderboard would be tight and it would be a shootout until the final scorecards were turned in. That was exactly the case.
Northern Iowa, who led after the first 36 holes at The Country Club of Terre Haute, shot +18 for the day and dropped into a tie for third with Southern Illinois. Missouri State, Illinois State and SIU took advantage of the opportunity and climbed up the standings. The Redbirds carded a one-round 294 on Tuesday and claimed the top individual of the tournament. ISU’s Katie Jean totaled a 74-74-72=220 to take home top medal honors.
The Bears rose to the top with four players in the top 10, the most of any Valley school. Southern Illinois and Bradley both had two apiece. Missouri State’s Megan Thompson and Kelsey Welber tied for seventh, while Emma Clegg and Catherine Dolan finished in a tie for 10th.
Moving up eight spots on the individual leaderboard was Thompson. Improving each day (79-77-71), the freshman from Northern Ireland, shot 1-under-par and recorded the second-best score of any golfer on Tuesday.
Senior Kelsey Welber, who led the MVC in stroke average during the regular season, was the Bears top finisher through the first two rounds and finished out the tournament with a three-round 227 (75-76-76).
Dolan and Clegg registered identical scores during all three rounds of the 54-hole tournament (74-80-75=229).
Rounding out the Bears’ lineup was junior Hermine Greyling, who finished tied for 25th with a 237.
Head coach Kevin Kane was named MVC Coach of the Year, becoming the second Missouri State coach to garner the honor. Former MSU head coach Stephany Wood won the award in 1995, 2000 and 2001.
Seniors Kelsey Welber and Catherine Dolan added to the list of honors, as they were named to the MVC All-Conference team.
Check back for more information on the Bears' next postseason destination.