Drake Eyes Strong Showing At State Farm MVC Women's Golf Championship
WHAT'S AHEAD: Drake makes an expedition to Terre Haute, Ind., this week to compete in the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship (April 22-24) at the Country Club of Terre Haute.
The 10-team field will have play 18 holes each day beginning on Sunday (April 22) and concluding on Tuesday (April 24). Tee times are scheduled to start each day at 7:30 a.m. CT.
Competing for the Bulldogs at the championship will be seniors Paige Menze (Oxbow, N.D.) and Christy Wittmer (Hampton, Iowa), junior Chelsey Falk (Glenwood, Minn.), sophomore Hadley Jennings (Trenton, Mo.) and freshman Danielle Brooks (Red Wing, Minn.).
A YEAR AGO: On the strength of arguably its best back-to-back rounds of the season, Drake turned in a fourth-place finish at the 2011 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship at the D.A. Weibring Golf Course in Normal, Ill.
The Bulldogs came out firing on all cylinders to begin the day holding a share of the lead late into the first 18 holes before finishing with a 312 total. That mark was tied with Wichita State for second, seven shots behind eventual champion Illinois State.
Drake remained near the top during the final 18 holes before late surges from the Shockers and Missouri State saw the Bulldogs card a two-round total of 627 (312-315=627) to finish fourth.
Illinois State won the tournament with a 597 total (305-292=592) and was followed by Wichita State (312-304=616), Missouri State (318-299=617), Drake, Bradley (325-303=628), Southern Illinois (324-309=633), Northern Iowa (324-310=634), Indiana State (326-308=634), Creighton (332-331=663) and Evansville (345-335=680).
Michelle Mathwick and Chelsey Falk paced Drake each registering two-round totals of 155 finishing tied for 14th. Mathwick fired an opening-round 76 before carding a 79 in round two, while Falk recorded rounds of 75 and 80, respectively.
Rounding out Drake's contingent was Hadley Jennings, Kaitlyn Mauk (West Des Moines, Iowa) and Christy Wittmer, who fired two-round totals of 156 (79-77=156/17th), 161 (82-79=161/T-27th) and 169 (85-84=169/T-43rd), respectively.
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