Bears' Golf Finishes 12th at Rio Verde, Dolan Records Third Top-10 Finish
The Missouri State women’s golf team finished the Duramed Collegiate Invitational at Rio Verde in 12th place with a 54-hole team score of 929. The Bears posted 310 in the final round of competition on Sunday on the par 71, 6,260-yard Quail Run Golf Course in Rio Verde, Arizona.
The Bears fell two strokes short of a top-10 finish as a team, placing behind Kansas State and conference competitor Illinois State which finished the tournament with a 54-hole total of 927. Winning the 20-team tournament was Kansas with consistent rounds of 294-295-294883.
Kansas also had the individual medalist, Megan Gockel, who beat Sara Wikstrom of Arkansas-Little Rock in a one-hole playoff. Gockel and Wikstrom finished the tournament with a three-round total of 218.
The Bears were led by freshman Catherine Dolan who recorded her third top-10 finish of her collegiate career with a ninth place finish. She posted rounds of 79-72-73 to finish with a three-day total of 224. Five strokes behind was freshman teammate Kelsey Welber. She carded rounds of 80-72-77 for a 54-hole score of 229. Welber finished tied in 26th for the tournament.
In a tie for 51st was senior Amy Phalajivin. Phalajivin shot rounds of 78-78-80236. Junior Stacey Rodger was fourth for the Bears’ team, finishing tied in 69th place with rounds of 81-79-80240. Emily Potts, a freshman, posted rounds of 82-83-84. She finished with a total of 249 to place tied in 89th for the tournament.
The Bears next tournament will be the Baylor Spring Invitational in Waco, Texas scheduled for March 16-17.
Day 2 Recap
The Bears’ women improved 17 strokes for the second day of competition in the Duramed Collegiate Invitational at Rio Verde. Led by two freshmen, the Bears moved up into a tie for 11th place, shooting 301 as a team and entered the final round with a 36-hole total of 619. The three-day tournament is comprised of 20 teams and is being played on the par 71, 6,260-yard Quail Run Golf Course in Rio Verde, Arizona.
Kansas led the team competition for the second straight day with a two day total of 589, 20 strokes in front of the closest competitor Toledo at 609. Megan Gockel of Kansas finished on top of the individual portion of the tournament with rounds of 73-72145.
Dolan and Welber were low for the team, each shooting one-over-par 72 in the second day. Dolan enters the final round of competition tied in 15th place with a 36-hole total of 151. Welber, a stroke behind, with a two-day total of 152, finished in a tie for 20th place. Her 72 in the second round of competition was a career low 18-hole score.
Also for the Bears was Phalajivin who posted 78 for the second day. Her 36-hole total of 156 put her in a tie for 44th place individually. Rodger and Potts rounded out the Bears’ squad with 18-hole scores of 79 and 83, respectively. Rodger finished 36 holes with a total of 160, tied in 64th place. In a tie for 82nd with a two-day total of 165 was Potts.
Day 1 Recap
The Missouri State women’s golf team shot 318 as a team on Friday in the first round of the Duramed Collegiate Invitational at Rio Verde.
The Bears were led by senior captain Phalajivin with a seven-over-par round of 78. She finished in a tie for 31st place. A stroke behind Phalajivin was Dolan who carded 79 for the first round of the three day event to finish the day tied in 43rd place. Welber was third for the Bears with a round of 80 and finished tied in 53rd place.
Rodger and Potts posted rounds of 81 and 82, respectively. Rodger finished in a tie for 62nd place, and Potts entered the second round tied in 73rd place.
Leading the individual portion of the tournament after round one was Kaylnd Carson of Kansas and Michelle Hui of Toledo. The two women posted one-over-par rounds of 71.