TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Sparked by three golfers shooting scores in the 70's, the Drake women's golf team carded a final-round 317 to finish eighth of 10 teams at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship hosted by Indiana State at the Country Club of Terre Haute on Tuesday (April 24).
Buoyed by their 317 performance over the final 18 holes, the Bulldogs concluded the tournament with a 54-hole mark of 981 (323-341-317=981).
"I was extremely happy with the fight of the team to put together such a solid round and as a result move up in the final standings," Drake head coach Leanne Smith commented. "Hadley (Jennings), Danielle (Brooks) and Chelsey (Falk) all played really well today and this was a positive way to end our campaign."
Sophomore Hadley Jennings (Trenton, Mo.) matched her lowest score of the year shooting a team-best 75.
Junior Chelsey Falk (Glenwood, Minn.) was Drake's top finisher as her final-round 78 enabled her to conclude the event with a 241 (81-82-78=241) total, good for 33rd place.
Closing a strong rookie campaign with a 77 was freshman Danielle Brooks (Red Wing, Minn.), who posted a 34th-place effort with a 242 (81-84-77=242) total.
Concluding their Drake careers on the day were seniors Paige Menze (Oxbow, N.D.) and Christy Wittmer (Hampton, Iowa), who registered scores of 87 and 91, to finish in 44th- and 47th-place, respectively.
Falk, Jennings and Menze each collected three birdies on the day, while Brook recorded an eagle on the par-4 fifth hole.
DRAKE RESULTS: Chelsey Falk 241 (81-82-78=241/33rd), Danielle Brooks 242 (81-84-77=242/34th), Paige Menze 257 (84-86-87=257/44th) and Christy Wittmer 268 (88-89-91=268/47th) and Hadley Jennings 152 (77-DQ-75=152/T-49th).
STATE FARM MVC CHAMPIONSHIP
APRIL 24, 2012 • 54 HOLES
COUNTRY CLUB OF TERRE HAUTE (TERRE HAUTE, IND.)
1) Missouri State 910 (300-313-297=910)
2) Illinois State 913 (305-314-294=913)
3) Northern Iowa 916 (299-311-306=916)
Southern Illinois 916 (313-307-296=916)
5) Bradley 918 (305-307-306=918)
6) Wichita State 933 (311-322-300=933)
7) Indiana State 943 (313-320-310=943)
8) Drake 981 (323-341-317=981)
9) Evansville 983 (327-330-326=983)
10) Creighton 992 (337-337-318=992)