Women's Golf Set for Spring Play
Feb. 4, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Coach Kevin Kane’s women’s golf team is prepared to embark on the second half of the 2013-14 season. The fall portion of the season consisted of three top-six finishes in four tournaments for the Bears, with a best fourth-place finish at the home MSU/Payne Stewart Invitational held at Springfield’s Highland Spring Country Club.
“I think the fall was a mixed bag,” said Kane. “(There were) lots of things to feel good about and some good performances, but not on a consistent basis. We were on the roller coaster, sometimes on the same day. The ability is certainly there, but we have to find a way to be more consistent and show up with the same mindset every day. I'm confident we'll be able to do that in the spring and be able to contend when it comes time for the Valley tournament.”
Individually, junior Megan Thompson has emerged as one of the Missouri Valley Conference’s best golfers. The all-conference selection led the Bears in three of four tournaments and had a career best third place finish in the MSU/Payne Stewart Invitational after scoring 76-70-73—219. Thompson posted career lows for 18 and 54 holes at the home event.
“I think the thing that's different about this year is the parity within the team. Usually, when you finish up the fall season, you've got a pretty good core of players established, maybe like three or four that have set themselves apart. Then you're trying to find the last player or two that's going to set herself apart and round out the lineup,” explained Kane. “Megan Thompson established herself as our best player in the fall, but after that, it's still wide open in my mind. So there are a lot of things still to be decided this spring.”
Sophomore Ariel Tidwell is looking to be one of those players to emerge as a consistent leader on the course. The All-MVC selection from a year ago averaged 79.0 after missing the season opener due to injury.
Chiara Citterio, the junior from Milan, can also be a breakout performer for the Bears. Citterio averaged 78.11 in three fall tournaments and led Missouri State at the ORU Shootout.
With no seniors on the roster, the opportunity to emerge leading up to the conference tournament is open for each golfer. Bradley will be hosting the MVC Championship this April in Springfield, Ill.
Off the course, six of this year’s golfers were named to Athletic Director Kyle Moats’ Fall Honor Roll. Citterio, Tidwell, Lindsey Eisenreich, Kiersten Prater, Caroline Boone, Megan Furnish were all recognized for their achievements.