Wes Gates won the John Piper Intercollegiate with a 54-hole score of 206, 12 shots better than anyone in the field, for his first individual tournament crown. The senior finished the tournament at 10-under par, establishing a new career-best for 54 holes. Gates opened with a 66, followed by a 69 on Monday, and carded a 71 on Tuesday in the wind and rain. He was one of two golfers to break par in the final 18 holes.
Charlie Bull, Akron
Junior, London, England (Bradfield College)
Junior Charlie Bull continued his strong start to the fall campaign, this time finishing tie for second place at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate. Facing six Golfstat Top-100 teams, Bull led the Zips to a seventh-place finish. Bull opened day one with an impressive round of 4-under 67 before concluding the day with a 2-over 73. Day two saw the same start as day one, with Bull playing well and eventually finishing with a round of 69 (-2). For the tournament, Bull finished with a combined score of 4-under 209.
Frida Fougberg, Akron
Freshman Partille, Sweden (Lerums Gymnasium)
Freshman Frida Fougberg continued to play well in her first season as a Zip. In her second career start, Fougberg finished tied for 41st place as one of two Zips to lead the way at the Cardinal Cup. Fougberg opened with a round of 7-over 79 before firing a season-low round of 2-over 74. She closed the week with a round of 7-over 79 to finish with a three-round tally of 232 (+16). Through six rounds, Fougberg leads the Zips in scoring average (77.17) and is ranked eighth overall (second among freshmen) among the reported scores among the MAC programs.
Tyler Merkel, Ball State
Junior, Evansville, Ind. (Central)
Merkel tied for fourth place out of 75 golfers at this week’s Golfweek Conference Challenge in Burlington, Iowa. He finished all three rounds at par or better to post a score of 3-under 213 (72-70-71). It was the eighth top-10 result of his college career in just the second event of his junior season. Merkel led Ball State to a fifth-place finish in the 15-team field at the par-72, 7,010-yard Spirit Hollow Golf Course. The only teams to finish higher than the Cardinals were Missouri, which has won both of its tournaments this year, and a trio of NCAA Regional teams from last spring -- Wake Forest, Tulsa and Iowa.
Meredith Fairbairn, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Orangeville, Ontario (Canada-Westside Secondary School)
Eastern Michigan University senior Meredith Fairbairn (Orangeville, Ontario, Canada-Westside Secondary School) recorded a top-15 showing, finishing in a tie for 12th place finish at the Mary Fossum Invitational here at the par 72, 6,348-yard Forest Akers West Golf Course, Sept. 15-16. Competing against some of the region's best golfers, the Orangeville, Ontario, Canada native carded a 74 in the final round to finish with a 224 (75-75-74). The total is Fairbairn's second lowest career 54-hole score, only bettered by a 220 (72-73-75) at the Pat Bradley Invitational, Oct.23-25, 2011.
Spencer Slade, Eastern Michigan
Saline, Mich. (Saline-Savannah State)
Making his Eastern Michigan University debut, senior Spencer Slade (Saline, Mich.-Saline-Savannah State) recorded a top-10 showing, finishing in seventh place finish at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate here at the par 71, 7,195-yard Wolf Run Golf Club, Sept. 15-16. The Saline, Mich. native carded a 75 in the final round to finish with an even-par 213 (66-72-75). Slade, who was previously on the EMU roster during the 2008-09 roster but never played in a tournament, returned to the lineup in storybook fashion with an opening round score of 66. His marked the first time since 2011 that an Eagle has posted a round of 66-or-better. The last EMU student-athlete to record the feat was Casey Olsen (Okemos, Mich.-Okemos), who notched a 66 in the second round of the Windon Memorial, Oct. 16, 2011.
Kevin Miller, Kent State
Senior, Dover, Ohio (Sugarcreek Garaway)
Kent State senior Kevin Miller, recorded his first career victory at the Inverness Intercollegiate to lead Kent State into a tie for second place. He opened the Golden Flashes second tournament of the year by posting a career best round of 66 (-5). His impressive performance was made possible by recording seven birdies for the round. The 66 was eight sots lower than the field average of 74.86 for the round. When all was said and done Miller sat atop the leader board along with Northwestern's Jack Perry, with the tournament best score of +2 (215). Miller followed his spectacular first round performance of 66 with rounds of 75 and 74.
Nick Schiavi, Northern Illinois
Sophomore, Barrington, Ill. (Barrington)
Nick Schiavi turned in a top-20 performance at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate. Schiavi tied for 15th in the event with a 54-hole total of 218. Schiavi opened the tournament with a 74 before posting his best round of the event in round two, carding a 71. Schiavi wrapped up the tournament with a 73 in the final round. The 15th-place finish is the second top-20 for Schiavi in his collegiate career, the sophomore also placed 15th last season at the Cardinal Intercollegiate.
Allison Schultz, Toledo
Sr., Cincinnati, OH (Saint Ursula Academy)
Senior Allison Schultz led the Rockets at the Mary Fossum Invitational by tying for 25th place at 13-over par 229 (74-75-80). It was the second-straight tournament she has led Toledo at the start of the 2012-13 campaign.
Heather Marks, Jr., Western Michigan
Byron Center, Mich. (South Christian)
Junior Heather Marks matched her career low 54-hole score, carding a three-round total of 237, as she was the low finisher for the Broncos. Marks opened with an 8-over par 80 but then lowered her score by a stroke in each of the final two rounds to finish 79-78. Along with leading WMU in score, Marks also led the Broncos in birdies recorded, carding seven of the team's 17 for the tournament.