Women's Golfer of the Week
Jenna Hague, Ball State
Sophomore, Burlington, Ontario (Nelson)
Hague claimed medalist honors to lead Ball State to a tournament victory this week at the SCU Colby Invitational. She turned in a round of 2-under par 70 on Tuesday to finish as the only player in red figures for the tournament at 2-under 142 (72-70). Hague came from two strokes back entering the final round to win the tournament by three shots over her nearest competitor on the par-72, 6,146-yard layout at Silver Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose, Calif. Hague’s title this week was her third in just 16 career events. She topped a field of 68 golfers at the tournament and led Ball State to victory in the 11-team field.
Men's Golfer of the Week
Chris Selfridge, Toledo,
Sophomore, Castledawson, Northern Ireland
Sophomore Chris Selfridge won his first collegiate title at the Georgetown Intercollegiate on Tuesday by edging out Eastern Michigan's Brian Churchill-Smith (69-69-71=209) by one stroke. Selfridge carded a career-low five-under par 208 (69-70-69) to register his third-straight Top 10 finish and trailed Churchill-Smith by one stroke entering the final round. The reigning Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year now has a 71.8 stroke average this season.
Selfridge’s play also helped Toledo win its first tournament under first-year Head Coach Jamie Broce. Toledo held a share of the lead following each round and registered an 11-over par 863 (290-285-288) on the par-71, 6,952 yard course to defeat second-place Notre Dame by two strokes. Penn State (871), Xavier (872) and Michigan State (878) rounded out the top five.
Selfridge did most of his damage on the par-five holes and with a tournament-best seven-under on Par 5s and also posted 11 birdies and one eagle during the tournament
Josée Doyon, Kent State
Freshman, St-Georges-de-Beauce, Quebec (Champlain St. Lawrence)
Josée registered a top-15 finish for the first time in her collegiate career at the highly-competitive Susie Maxwell Berning Classic, hosted by the University of Oklahoma, a tournament that featured eight top-50 teams. Doyon moved into a tie for 13th place with a two-over 74 on the day's final round, moving up eight spots on the leaderboard. Doyon finished in front of 10 Top 100 golfers, including the 16th ranked golfer in the nation.
Angela Codian, Ohio University
Freshman, Massilon, Ohio (Jackson High School)
Angela had an incredible week for Ohio Women’s Golf, leading the Bobcats to a third-place finish at the 2012 University of Dayton Fall Invitational. The freshman finished second in the field of 92 golfers, ending just two strokes off the pace. Codian began the tournament on Monday with a first-round score of 68, a mark which is just two strokes higher than the best individual round played by any female Bobcat golfer. She collected two eagles during this first round of play.
Codian’s solid second-round score of 73 kept her in the running at the top of the field and pushed her team to its best finish of the 2012 fall season. Only a freshman, Codian has finished first for Ohio in all five of the Bobcats’ tournaments during the fall.
Tyler Merkel, Ball State
Junior, Evansville, Ind. (Central)
Merkel tied for third in the field of 72 golfers this week to lead Ball State to a second-place finish at Kennesaw State’s Pinetree Intercollegiate. He finished at 3-over 219 (70-75-74) the par-72, 7,108-yard layout at Pinetree Country Club outside Atlanta and trailed only two Kennesaw State golfers on the final leaderboard. It was the fourth consecutive top-5 result for Merkel, who tied for fourth at the Golfweek Conference Challenge, placed second at the Firestone Invitational and tied for fifth at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational.
Brian Churchill-Smith, Eastern Michigan
Junior (Oakville, Ontario, Canada-Oakville Trafalgar)
Brian Churchill fired a career-low 54-hole tally to finish as the runner-up at the 28th Annual Georgetown Intercollegiate with a four-under par 209 (69-69-71). Churchill-Smith carded rounds of 69, 69 and 71 to finish one shot behind the University of Toledo' Chris Selfridge. The runner-up finish was the first of his career and his sixth career top 10 showing. Additionally, his back-to-back rounds of 69 pushed his career rounds at par-or-better to 19 in just 74 attempts. As a team, the Eagles carded a round of 297 on Tuesday to finished in a tie for seventh with West Florida at 29-overpar.
Corey Conners, Kent State
Junior, Listowel, Ontario
Ranked No. 32 in the nation, junior Corey Conners (Listowel, Ontario) earned his fourth top 15 finish in as many events this fall against a highly competitive field at the U.S. Collegiate Championship this weekend. The All-American tied for 5th in the 78-man field that featured 11 top 25 teams to lead the No. 16 ranked Golden Flashes to a 13th place showing. Conners wrapped up play at The Golf Club of Georgia's Lakeside Course on Sunday with an even par 72 for a -1, 215 (72-71-72) 54-hole total.
Byron Firestone, Ohio University, Senior
Canton, Ohio, Jackson High School
Byron had a strong week for the Bobcats, finishing first on his team at the 2012 University of Dayton Fall Invitational. Firestone shot a two round score of 149, tying for 19th place in the field of 100 golfers. The senior shot one eagle throughout the tournament, making him one of only 11 golfers to do so.