Women's Golfer of the Week and Top Team Results

Updated 9/30/2010
Team articles courtesy of MAC Media Relations Departments

MAC Women's Golfer of the Week
Rachael Pruett, Ball State
Senior, Linton, Ind. (Linton-Stockton H.S.)
Ball State Cardinal Classic, Par 72
72-70 (142, 1st)
Rachael Pruett won the 80-person Ball State Cardinal Classic Monday and Tuesday and helped the Cardinals to a third place team finish...the tournament included Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Bowling Green and Ball State from the Mid-American Conference...the tournament victory was the first in Pruett's career, while the second round 70 was a career low.

Other Nominees:
Susy Grunden, Bowling Green
Sophomore, Krum, Texas  (Denton Calvary Academy)
Ball State Cardinal Classic, Par 72
74-71 (145, 3rd)
Grunden finished third at the Ball State Cardinal Classic by tying the second-best 36-hole score in BGSU history (145). That score was the previous school record, which stood until Grunden broke it two weeks ago at the Worldlink North Texas Fall Classic.

Robyn Scott, Eastern Michigan
Auckland, New Zealand (Westlake Girls/Texas Tech Univ)
Mary Fossum Invitational, Par 72
78-75-74 (227, t-12th)
Eastern Michigan University senior Robyn Scott (Auckland, New Zealand-Westlake Girls-Texas Tech Univ.) continued her strong play with a top-15 showing, turning in a 12th place finish at the Mary Fossum Invitational here at the par 72, 6,316-yard Forest Akers West Golf Course, Sept. 25-26. Competing against some of the region's best golfers, the New Zealand native carded a 74 in the final round to finish with a 227 (78-75-74). As a team, the Eagles finished ninth with a team score of 955 (326-313-316) as the University of Notre Dame took home the invitational hardware with an 890 (298-295-297). The Fighting Irish's Nicole Zhang captured medalist honors with a nine-under 207 (69-67-71).

Martina Gavier, Kent State
Senior, Cordoba, Argentina (Academia Arguello Bilingual School)
Mary Fossum Invitational, Par 72
75-68-73 (216, 2nd)
Senior Martina Gavier led Kent State with an even-par 216 after shooting a one-over 73 on Sunday, which was the second-best round by the 63-golfer field. Gavier carded four birdies in Sunday's final round, finishing with two in the last five holes. On Saturday, Gavier posted a four-under 68 in Saturday's afternoon round, bolstered by five birdies. She was one of just two golfers to score par or better on the weekend.

Megan Weaver, Ohio
Junior, Canton, Ohio (Perry HS)
Ball State Cardinal Classic, Par 72
74-72 (146, t-4th)
Weaver led Ohio at the Cardinal Classic over the weekend, finishing tied for fourth with a two-over 146. After firing a 74 on the first day of the event, she finished with an even-par 72 on the second day. She led the Bobcats in both rounds over the weekend.

Britney Hamilton, Western Michigan
Senior, Lake Orion, Mich. (Lake Orion)
Ball State Cardinal Classic, Par 72
70-73 (143, 2nd)
Britney Hamilton matched her career best finish, placing alone in second place (70-73=143). Hamilton, who matched her career low single round score with a 70 on day one, came back to fire a 1-over par 73. The effort betters her previous career low 36-hole score of 153 by 10 strokes and gives the third second-place finish of her career. Her first round score of 70 was also the lowest opening round score of her career.

Top Team Performances:
Western Michigan
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Western Michigan golf team captured its first team title since the fall of 2007, winning the 2010 Cardinal Classic hosted by Ball State.  The Broncos posted a tournament best 10 scores in the 70's for only the second time in program history en route to recording the second lowest 36-hole team score in program history.

Western Michigan won the Cardinal Classic with a score of 596, 15 strokes off the mark of the program's best 36-hole effort (586) also shot at the Cardinal Classic to win the 2004 event.  This is the fourth time WMU has captured the team title at the Cardinal Classic (2001, 2003, 2004, 2010), giving the program 13 titles overall.  It is the first win since the Broncos won the William & Mary Invitational in the fall of 2007.

No Bronco finished worse than tied for 25th as Britney Hamilton matched her career best finish, placing alone in second place (70-73=143), one stroke off Rachael Pruett of Ball State's pace.  Hamilton, who matched her career low single round score with a 70 on day one, came back to fire a 1-over par 73.  The effort betters her previous career low 36-hole score of 153 by 10 strokes and gives the third second-place finish of her career.  Her first round score of 70 was also the lowest opening round score of her career.

Also carding a 1-over par 73 in today's final round was fellow senior Stephanie Koske.  Koske shattered her previous single round career low (76) and her two-day total of 151 bested her career low 36-hole score by nine strokes.  The tie for 12th place was also a career best.

Koske tied fellow Bronco Leah Grawburg, who bested her previous 36-hole low score by 14 strokes and improved on her previous career best finish of tied for 23rd.

Melissa Beurmann stayed consistent, carding a final round score of 77 to finish tied for 17th, while Kaylee Imel battled back with a 4-over par 76 to finish tied for 25th.  Heather Marks was the second-lowest individual competitor, shaving six strokes off her opening round score to card a 76 as well, finishing tied for 42nd.

The Broncos have a short respite before turning around and traveling to State College, Pa. for the 2010 Nittany Lion Women's Invitational.

Ball State
Ball State's women's golf team hosted the 14-team Cardinal Classic at The Players Club in Muncie, Ind., and placed third as a team, while senior Rachael Pruett tallied a 72-70=142 to win medalist honors at the event.

Ball State moved from seventh place to third after firing a second round 298 to total 606 for the event.  Western Michigan won the tournament with a 297-299=596, while Southern Illinois was second with a 299-302=601.

Pruett's second round 70 was two under par and the low final round of the tournament.  It marked her first career victory as an individual.

Katie Windlan tied for ninth with a 75-74=149.  Brittany Kelly tied for 12th with a 77-74-151.  Chantelle Hefer managed to tie for 59th with an 84-80=164, while Sarah Westaway tied for 66th with a 86-80=166.  Each of Ball State's players improved their scores from the first round to the second round.

Autumn Duke and Meghan Perry competed as individuals.  Perry tied for 46th with an 82-78=160, while Duke tied for 59th with an 84-80=164.

The tournament was played at 6,258 yards and to a par 72.  Joining Ball State at the event are Ashland, Bowling Green, California (Pa.), Dayton, Eastern Kentucky, Indiana State, IUPUI, Northern Illinois, Oakland, Ohio, Southern Illinois, Western Michigan and Youngstown State.

Kent State
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Kent State women's golf team wrapped up a strong showing at their season-opening tournament Sunday, as the Golden Flashes finished second at the Mary Fossum Invitational, hosted by Michigan State at Forest Akers West Golf Course.

The Golden Flashes, who led the 11-team field after two rounds, could not hold off a strong charge by Notre Dame. The Irish, led by Nicole Zhang's nine-under 207, edged Kent State 890-895. Michigan State, which had entered the tournament as the five-time defending champions, placed third with 896.

"We got off to a slow start, and really couldn't get a lot going and didn't get any momentum," said head coach Mike Morrow. "For the first tournament, we had high expectations. We got good things from everyone, and everyone contributed. Our second round showed what we are capable of on a tough golf course."

Senior Martina Gavier (Cordoba, Argentina) led Kent State with an even-par 216 after shooting a one-over 73 on Sunday, which was the second-best round by the 63-golfer field. Gavier carded four birdies in Sunday's final round, finishing with two in the last five holes.

Junior Mercedes Germino (Necochea, Argentina) finished seventh overall after shooting a four-over 76 on Sunday, giving her an eight-over 224 for the weekend. Junior Mandi Morrow (Kent, Ohio) turned in a five-over 77 on Sunday, placing her in a tie for 15th with a 14-over 230.

Helped by an eagle on the par-5 No. 8, senior Sarah Bradley (Cambridge, New Zealand) moved up to a tie for 21st on Sunday with a six-over 78, giving her a 233 for the weekend. After shooting even par in the second round Saturday, junior Shamira Marshall (Macedonia, Ohio) rounded out the Kent State field with a 34th-place finish with a 20-over 236.

Kent State returns to the links Oct. 2-3 at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind.

Bowling Green
The Bowling Green State University women's golf team recovered from a slow start on Monday (Sept. 27) at the 2010 Ball State Cardinal Classic to finish tied for sixth place in the field of 14 teams.

At the par-72, 6,258-yard course in Muncie, Ind., the Falcons improved by five strokes in the second round to complete the tournament's 36 holes with a total of 617 (311-306).

The team finished in a tie with Ohio University, who shot 297 on the first day but fell on hard times in the second round, posting a 320. 
Fellow Mid-American Conference team Northern Illinois finished three shots behind Bowling Green and tied for eighth with Youngstown State.  Indiana-Purdue-Indianapolis (IUPUI) and California (Pa.) ended their tournament two shots further back.

BGSU and Ohio each stood three shots behind Ashland and Eastern Kentucky, who tied for fourth place.

Western Michigan won the tournament with rounds of 297 and 299 for a total of 596.

Individually, sophomore Susy Grunden earned another top-five finish.  Her final-round score of 71 vaulted her into sole possession of third place, as she carded 145 for the tournament.  Grunden trailed the tournament champion by only three strokes.

In 14 career tournaments, Grunden has earned four finishes in the top five of a leaderboard.  She has two other top-ten finishes to her credit.

Senior Lauren Glew participated in her second tournament of the season.  This time, she competed as an individual, rather than as part of the five-member team.  Regardless, Glew posted the highest score for any of the individual competitors and had the Falcons' second-best score of the tournament.  Glew's back-to-back rounds of 78 gave her a final score of 156.

Bailey Arnold and Amy Ruthenberg each played to within one stroke of Glew.  Arnold completed rounds of 78 and 79, while Ruthenberg played rounds of 79 and 78, each on their way to a total of 157.

Marisa Glew, sister to Lauren and also a senior, improved by five strokes in the second round during her first action of the fall schedule.  Her final round of 78 gave her a 36-hole score of 161.

Junior Paula DiFrancesco rounded out the action for the Orange and Brown; she posted a first-round score of 80 and totaled 164 for the tournament.

Bowling Green now takes two weeks off before resuming their fall slate.  On October 11th and 12th, the team will travel to Fairlawn, Ohio for the Zippy Invitational, where Susy Grunden will defend her individual title from 2009.  After that, the team will play at the Duramed MAC Preview tournament in Nashport, Ohio on the 18th and 19th of the month.

MUNCIE, Ind. - Junior Meryl Weaver accomplished a rare feat Tuesday, nailing a hole in one as Ohio women's golf wrapped up the Cardinal Classic in sixth place with a 617, four strokes out fourth place.

Weaver's (Canton, Ohio) ace came on the 131-yard, par-three seventh hole at The Player's Club, highlighting the day's events. The day ended with the 'Cats firing a 320 and coming in tied for sixth place, just four strokes off of fourth.

"It (the hole in one) was surprising," Weaver said of the accomplishment. "When I hit it, I didn't think I'd hit it that well. Then I looked up and saw it going right at the pin and then drop in. It's a rare experience, so I'm glad I got it."

Megan Weaver (Canton, Ohio) paced the Green and White with a fourth-place finish at two-over 146 (74-72). She was followed by twin sister Meryl with a 155 (75-80). Close behind was sophomore Sarah Tranelli (Penfield, N.Y.) at 157 (74-83). Freshman Kara Brinkmann (Middletown, Ohio) finished with a 159 (74-85), while senior Jordan Fesh (Toledo, Ohio) concluded Ohio's scoring at 162 (77-85).

"Overall we played very well over these two days," Ohio coach Kelly Ovington said. "It was good to see that we can play at a high level. If we can get four or five very good scores, we can compete with anyone. It was a successful event."

Fellow Mid-American Conference foe Western Michigan claimed the team title at plus-20 596. The Broncos were followed by Southern Illinois five strokes back at 601. Host Ball State came in third at 606, while Ashland and Eastern Kentucky tied for fourth at 613. Tying Ohio for sixth was Bowling Green at 617. Behind them were Northern Illinois (620), Youngstown State (620), IUPUI (622), California (Pa.) (622), Oakland (630), Dayton (633) and Indiana State (644).

BSU's Rachael Pruett claimed individual medalist honors with a two-under 142 to lead the way. She was followed by WMU's Brittany Hamilton one stroke back at 143. BGSU's Susannah Grunden was third at 145. Megan Weaver came in fourth, along with April Emerson of Eastern Kentucky and Kathryn Rogner of Youngstown State each at 146. Ohio will return to the links this Saturday and Sunday as it heads to the Penn State-hosted Nittany Lion Invitational in State College, Pa.