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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | Golf
2014 Women's Golf Championship
FINAL RECAP-- The Wichita State women’s golf team captured the Missouri Valley Conference Championship on Tuesday at Panther Creek Golf Course, defeating runner-up Indiana State by one shot by carding a 54-hole score of 900 (297-304-299). It is the third ever team championship for the Shockers and first league title since 1992.
In addition, with their team score of 900 the Shockers broke the 54-hole school record, which they set earlier in the year by carding a 901 (307-292-302) at the Chip-N-Club Invitational.
With the tournament title, the Shockers will to head their first-ever NCAA Regional. The 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships selections will be announced live via the Golf Channel Monday, April 28, during Golf Central which will air that evening from 5 to 6 p.m. Additionally, the show will be streamed live on the Golf Channel website and posted afterwards on the NCAA website at www.ncaa.com.
Sophomore Danielle Lemek of Bradley claimed medalist honors, carding a one-over 73 as she broke the conference championship record 54-hole total Tuesday. Lemek, who was also named MVC Golfer of the Year Tuesday afternoon, tied her school record low 54-hole total with a four-under 212 at the par-72 Panther Creek Country Club to claim MVC medalist honors by an impressive seven strokes. Her 212 broke the previous Valley championship total of 215 which was set by Tulsa’s Sofie Eriksson in 1995 and later matched by Bradley’s Meaghan LeBlanc in 2005. The individual title was Lemek’s third of the year to tie her own season mark and she is the first Brave to win the Valley’s individual title since Bari Erais in 2007. Her one-over 73 lowered her season stroke average to 73.61, which would break the Valley season mark of 73.94 set by Samatha Richdale of Illinois State in 2005-06.
Indiana State's Amanda Smith recorded the second lowest round in MVC Championship history with a career low 68 in the final round which also tied the school record set by Reece Feducia in 2011 and Breanne Smith in 2010. The junior tied for second in the championship with a 219 total (75-76-68) which established the school record for an individual in a 54-hole tournament. The second-place finish by Indiana State was its its highest conference finish (previous best was third).
Indiana State set several team school records during the tournament. The Sycamores lowered the mark for low 18-hole round with a 296 in the opening round which is also a new school record for low first round in a tournament. The Sycamores posted a 307 in the second round to finish the tournament with a 901 total which is a new school record for a 54-hole tournament.
MONDAY RECAP -- Bradley sophomore Danielle Lemek is still in the lead after shooting a two-under 70 and the Bradley women’s golf team has a two-shot lead on the field after Monday’s second round. On a damp afternoon at the par-72 Panther Creek Country Club, Lemek and the Braves battled the weather conditions and are still atop both the team and individual leaderboards heading into Tuesday’s final round. Lemek had the big shot of the day, firing an eagle on the par-4, 350-yard 17th hole with an eight-iron from 130 yards.
Bradley opened the day with a three shot lead on the field and the Braves still hold a two-shot edge on pre-championship favorite Wichita State. The Braves shot 306 to close Monday’s second round with a total of 599, while the Shockers carded a 304 and are two back at 601.
Lemek’s two-under 70 tied for the low round of the day and closed Monday’s action with a five-shot lead at five-under 139. Drake’s Hadley Jennings was the only other player under par, matching Lemek’s second-round 70. Indiana State’s McCall Christopher is five shots back in second at 144 and Alejandra Arellano of Wichita State is third at 145.
Tourney Tidbits -- The league championship record for 54 holes for an individual is 215, set twice by Sofie Ericksson of Tulsa (1995) and Meaghan LeBlanc of Bradley (2005). Lemek has a 139 and could beat the record if she shoots a 75 or lower on Tuesday. The league championship record for 54 holes for a team is 899 - several teams are in striking distance of matching or beating that. Current leader Bradley has a 599 through two rounds -- the Braves had a tourney-low of 293 in the first round on Sunday. A total of 23 strokes separate first-place Bradley and last-place Loyola. In 2003, Evansville finished last, but was just 44 strokes out of first that year in what was an 8-team event. The last two tournaments (2012 and 2013) saw no more than 10 strokes separate the top 5 teams in the standings.
SUNDAY RECAP -- Bradley fired a school record 293 and takes a three-stroke lead into Monday's second round of the 2014 MVC Women's Golf Championship in Springfield, Ill. Indiana State (296) also carded a school-record low for 18 holes and is currently in second.
Bradley sophomore Danielle Lemek and Indiana State senior McCall Christopher both fired a three-under 69 on Sunday. Christopher birdied the 18th hole to move into a share of first place at the end of the first round. The 69 was a career low Christopher.
The Braves shot a school record five-over 293 Sunday at the par-72 Panther Creek Country Club and have a three-shot lead on second-place Indiana State, which also carded a school record low round at 296. Bradley’s 293 topped the previous school record low round of 294 originally set at the Illini Spring Classic in Urbana, Ill., on April 10, 2004 and matched earlier this season at the Redbird Invitational back in September.
Wichita State and Illinois State finished the day tied for third at 297, with Southern Illinois following in fifth at 300 to round out the top half of the team standings. Evansville, Drake and Missouri State closed the day tied for sixth overall at 305. Northern Iowa will start Monday’s second round in ninth (307) and Loyola is 10th overall at 311.
Lemek’s opening round three-under 69 is tied for the individual lead with Indiana State’s McCall Christopher matching her as two players shot below 70 at the same MVC Championship for the first time in league history. Sarah Boss of Northern Iowa is third overall at 70, while three other players shot 72 to finish the day tied for fourth.
COURSE INFORMATION -- The 2014 MVC Women's Golf Championship will be played Sunday-Tuesday, April 20-22, 2014, at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, Illinois. Teams will play 18 holes Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday in the 54-hole event. Bradley is the host institution and the winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA regionals.
Panther Creek was professionally designed by PGA Hall of Fame golfer, Hale Irwin and opened for play in 1992. All 7,244 yards excite and challenge golfers of all skill levels. Panther Creek has 5 sets of tees that provide a complete test for the game’s most skilled golfers while also featuring forgiving fairways and large putting surfaces which level the playing field for even the beginning golfer. From 2007 – 2011 Panther Creek Country Club was home to the LPGA’s State Farm Classic producing wins for the some of the tours most prestigious players such as, Sherri Steinhauer, Ji Young Oh, In-Kyung Kim, Yani Tseng, and Christie Kerr. Panther Creek Country Club was host to many State Amateur Qualifiers, the 2008 Women’s State Amateur, and the Great Lakes Valley Men’s Championship. It is the future site of the 2015 Illinois State Amateur.