MAC Women's Golfer of the Week
Allison Schultz, Toledo
Senior, Cincinnati, OH (Saint Ursula Academy)
Senior Allison Schultz posted a career-best second-place finish to lead Toledo to Illinois State’s Redbird Invitational title this weekend. Schultz, who won the Ohio Women’s Amateur this summer, birdied her final two holes on Sunday to finish with a career-low six-over par 222 (75-75-72). Schultz’s three rounds were each career lows with her previous best a 76 as a junior.
MAC Men's Golfer of the Week
Corey Conners, Kent State
Junior, Listowel, Ontario
Kent State junior all-american Corey Conners (Listowel, Ontario) picked up right where he left off last season. Conners won the 2012 Gopher Invitational in the Golden Flashes' first event of the season by shooting a final round 68 (-4) to overcome an eight shot deficit. Conners' three-under 213 (75-70-68) performance at the par 72, Spring Hill Golf Club in Minnesota led No. 13 Kent State to a fourth place finish. In Monday's final round Conners' was the only player in the 77-man field to break 71. The victory is the second career win for Conners following his win at the 2012 Mid-American Conference Championship this past spring. He would then go on to place fourth at the 2012 NCAA Championship, earning him the highest ever individual finish by a Kent State golfer at the NCAA finals.
Laura Murray, Akron
Sophomore, Tipp City, Ohio (Tippecanoe High School)
Laura Murray opened her sophomore campaign in strong fashion, tying her career-high finish in the season’s first event. Murray’s consistent play landed her a tie for sixth place finish at the Redbird Invitational over the weekend. She opened with rounds of 3-over 75 and 5-over 77 on Saturday and closed the tournament with a round of 77 (+5) for a three-round score of 229 (+13). Her tie for sixth place equaled her performance at the Fourth Annual Zippy Invitational (Oct. 17-18, 2011).
Jenna Hague, Ball State
Sophomore, Burlington, Ontario (Nelson)
Hague placed fifth individually out of 87 golfers at Illinois State’s Redbird Invitational over the weekend. The 2012 Mid-American Conference champion posted a three-round total of 11-over par 227 (81-71-75). After a slow start, Hague played the final 36 holes of the tournament better than any other golfer in the field at 2-over par. She birdied three of her last four holes in Sunday’s final round at the par-72, 6,104-yard Weibring Golf Club to post her sixth career top-5 finish in just 12 career tournaments. Hague guided the Cardinals to a fourth-place finish out of 16 teams in their first event of the fall season.
Bailey Arnold, Bowling Green
Junior, Cinncinatti, Ohio (Seton)
Bailey Arnold finished tied for sixth at the Redbird Invitational, helping the Falcons to a second-place finish as they opened the 2012-13 season. Arnold finished with a 54-hole score of 229 (76-76-77), her second-lowest 54-hole score of her career. In her three rounds she had six birdies.
Charlie Bull, Akron
Junior, London, England (Bradfield College)
Junior Charlie Bull continued his strong play as Zip, picking up right where he left off in his historic sophomore campaign. Bull led the Zips to a seventh-place finish at The Invitational at Kiawah. The tournament, plagued by strong winds and a course that played host to the 2012 PGA Championship in August, Bull posted a top-15 finish in the first event of the season. He finished the week tied for 13th place with a score 228 (+12). He opened the event with back-to-back rounds of 1-over 73 before the strong winds of the tournament drove scores up. Bull would finish with a round of 82 (+10). The tournament featured nine Golfstat top-100 teams.
Joe Gasser, Ball State
Senior, Yorktown, Ind. (Yorktown)
Gasser tied for ninth place individually to lead Ball State against a quality field on one of the toughest courses in college golf at the Northern Intercollegiate hosted by Northern Illinois. He finished with a 54-hole total of 9-over par 222 (79-69-74) to post the fourth top-10 result of his career. Gasser, whose second-round 69 was the second-best score of any player on the tournament’s opening day, played the final 36 holes in 1-over par. Only one golfer, the eventual medalist, played the last two rounds better. The 11-team field at the Rich Harvest Farms Golf Club included eight squads that finished the 2011-12 season among the top 60 in the Golfstat rankings.
Wes Gates, Bowling Green
Senior, Novi Michigan (Northville)
Wes Gates finished third among the 88-player field at the Marshall Invitational with a 54-hole score of 207, three shots shy of the all-time BGSU low for 54 holes. Gates opened with a modest 73 in round one, but finished with a 69 in round two and a 65 in the third and final round. His 65 was two shots shy of the BGSU school record for a single round. His 69 in round two was tied for eighth-lowest in the field and his 65 in round three was three shots better than anyone else in the tournament.
Brett Tomfohrde, Miami University
Senior, Hinsdale, Ill. (Hinsdale Central)
Tomfohrde shot 73-68-72 to finish at even par at the Marshall Intercollegiate and tied for 12th place.