Men's Golfer of the Week
Charlie Bull, Akron
Junior, London, England (Bradfield College)
Junior Charlie Bull concluded a stellar fall schedule with his first-career victory on Tuesday, winning the WKU Kenny Perry Invitational by one stroke with a score of 225 (+9). The field battled touch conditions, including strong winds, at The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Ky. (par 72, 7,248 yards). A constant 25 mph wind, with gusts reaching 40 mph, kept low scores at a minimum, with Bull posting a 6-over 78. As conditions improved, so did scoring as Charlie posted the low round of the tournament, a 2-under 70 on Monday, to move within three shots of the lead. On Tuesday, the winds picked up again as Bull slowly reeled in the lead with a final-round 77 (+5). For the fall, Bull posted four top-15 finishes in four events, posting a 73.36 average and helping the Zips to the No. 79 spot in the Oct. 10 Golfstat rankings, UA’s highest ranking since April 2010 (No. 89).
Women's Golfer of the Week
Meghan Perry, Ball State
Junior, Evansville, Ind. (North)
Perry earned individual medalist honors to lead Ball State to the team title at The 2012 Preview this week at Longaberger Golf Club. She carded a 36-hole total of 6-over par 150 (77-73) to top the field of 83 golfers. The Cardinals won the team event by three strokes in a field that included eight MAC schools and 15 total teams. Perry used six birdies in her final 18 holes to match the low round of the tournament with a 73, coming from six shots back for the victory on the par-72, 6,073-yard layout. It was the first individual title of her collegiate career and it came on the fourth consecutive day of competition for Ball State, which played Indiana’s Hoosier Fall Invitational and The Preview back-to-back. Perry also led the Cardinals at the Hoosier Fall Invitational, tying for 20th place at Belterra Resort and Casino in a field that featured six teams ranked among the nation’s top 80. She fired a 54-hole total of 231 (78-79-74) at the tournament.
Joe Gasser, Ball State
Senior, Yorktown, Ind. (Yorktown)
Gasser tied for second place to lead five Ball State men's golfers in the top 10 on the final leaderboard at the Cardinals' Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational. The event was an individual tournament featuring 47 golfers from nine schools. Gasser closed with a third round of 5-under par 65 Tuesday afternoon on the par-70, 6,438-yard layout at Delaware Country Club. He climbed 12 spots from his position in 14th place entering the final 18 holes, finishing with a 54-hole score of 2-over 212 (75-72-65). It was the best finish of Gasser's career and his second straight top-3 result after finishing third last week at the Firestone Invitational. His final-round 65 was two strokes lower than any round by any other golfer throughout the tournament.
Joe Cooper, Bowling Green
Sophomore, Wayland, Mass. (Wayland)
Joe Cooper finished second at the Earl Yestingsmeier Individual Invite with a 54-hole score of 212 (+2). The sophomore opened with a 1-under 69 and closed with a 70-73 in the final 36 holes for his best individual performance of his career.
Michael Engelman, Ohio University
Grand Blanc, Mich. (Grand Blanc High School)
Michael was Ohio’s top finisher at the 2012 Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational in Muncie, Ind. The freshman tied for 26th place with a three-round score of 226. His best round of 71 was sandwiched by scores of 76 and 79 in the first and third rounds.
Hanna Ek, Akron
RS Senior, Falun, Sweden (Falu Frigymnasium)
After missing the entire 2011-12 season, redshirt senior Hanna Ek returned to form with her first top-five finish since the spring of 2011. Ek finished tied for fifth place at the Mid-American Conference Fall Preview on Tuesday, carding a two-round score of 153 (+9). Ek opened play with a 1-under 71, the only round under par for the event. She concluded the event with a round of 82 (+10) on Tuesday.
Bailey Arnold, Bowling Green
Junior, Cincinnati, Ohio (Seton)
Bailey Arnold finished tied for third at The Preview with a 36-hole score of 152 to help the Falcons finish second among the 15-team field with a score of 624. Arnold opened with a 77 on day one and closed with a 75 to finish the tournament.
Meredith Fairbairn, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Orangeville, Ontario, Canada (Westside Secondary School)
Meredith Fairbairn finished in second place with a 151 (78-73) at the Mid-American Conference Preview, Oct. 15-16. Fairbairn's top five showing was her third of career.
Allie Parthie, Northern Illinois
Senior, Marinette, Wis. (Marinette)
Allie Parthie recorded her third top-10 finish of the season, taking fifth at The 2012 MAC Preview at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio.
Parthie, the Huskie golfer to card sub-80 scores in both rounds, finished the tournament with a 153, shooting a first round 76 and a final round 77.
Julie Lechner, Ohio
Sophomore, Powell, Ohio, (Olentangy Liberty)
Julie had a strong weekend for Ohio Women’s Golf at the 2012 Fall Preview in Nashport, Ohio. The sophomore placed ahead of her eight competitors in the individual exhibition portion of the tournament, shooting a two-round score of 158. Her final round of 75 was a career best. Stacking up her score with the rest of the tournament standings, Lechner would have tied for 17th place.
Jennifer Elsholz, Toledo
Sophomore, Grand Rapids, MI ( Forest Hills Eastern HS)
Sophomore Jennifer Elsholz led Toledo to a fourth-place finish at The Preview on Tuesday by tying for a career-best third place Elsholz fired a team-best three-over par 75 in today's round to finish with a career-low eight-over par 152 (77-75) and was just strokes behind first place.
Kaylee Imel, Western Michigan
Senior, Bluffton, Ind. (Norwell)
Senior Kaylee recorded the second best finish of her career as the Western Michigan golf team climbed two spots to finish in seventh at The Preview Tuesday afternoon. Imel answered her first round score of 79 with a 2-over par 74 during the closing 18 holes, which tied three others for the third lowest individual round of the day, to finish in a three-way tie for fifth with Northern Illinois' Allie Parthie and first round leader Hanna of Akron.