MAC Announces Golfers of the Week

Updated 3/18/2013

Women's Golfer of the Week
Shelby Wilson, Bowling Green 
Sophomore, Carrollton, Texas/Hebron 
Shelby Wilson recorded the fourth lowest score in Bowling Green history, finishing the 36 hole Rio Verde Intercollegiate with a three-over 147. The sophomore opened with a 72 and followed that up with a 75 in the final round of action, helping the Falcons finish fifth of 17 teams at the White Wing Golf Club in Rio Verde, Ariz. Wilson would finish the tournament tied for fifth among 90 golfers, while adding six birdies in here two rounds of play. 


Co-Men's Golfer of the Week
Tyler Merkel, Ball State
Junior, Evansville, Ind./Central
Merkel finished first out of 92 golfers and led Ball State to the team title this week at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate. He carded a 54-hole total of 2-over par 214 (70-73-71). The Cardinals won the tournament by three strokes over VCU and Richmond. Merkel's 73 in the second round matched the lowest score of the day and was one of only two scores better than 75 on the challenging Pinehurst No. 2 course, where the average score was higher than 81. The first and third rounds were played at Pinehurst No. 6 with Merkel combining to play those two rounds in 1-under par. Merkel, who posted his third career victory at this week’s tournament, has now finished among the top 5 individually in five of Ball State's six stroke-play events this year.

Co-Men's Golfer of the Week
Taylor Pendrith , Kent State
Junior,  Richmond Hill, Ont./Bayview Secondary 
Taylor Pendrith captured his first career individual title on Tuesday with a 1-under 215 (71-75-69) at the General Hackler Championships at TPC Myrtle Beach en route to a KSU men's golf team title.  The Golden Flashes won the tournament with a nine-over 873, matching the score of No. 17 Arkansas. KSU entered the day two shots back of the Razorbacks, and after carding a 1-over 289, the squad managed to pull even with Arkansas in team scoring.  No. 29 Tennessee finished in third in the 11-team field at 16-over, followed by host Coastal Carolina (+28).
 

Other Nominees: 

Frida Fougberg, Akron
Freshman Partille, Sweden / Lerums Gymnasium

Frida Fougberg led the way for Akron in the Zips’ first event of the spring, carding a two-round score of 157 (+13). After day one was cancelled due to rain, Fougberg opened place with a 3-over 75. Fougberg closed the first spring event with a round of 10-over 82 to close the event in a tie for 53rd place.

Meghan Perry, Ball State
Junior, Evansville, Ind. (North)
Megan Perry tied for 13th place in a field of 90 golfers to lead the Ball State women's golf team at the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational. Perry turned in a 36-hole total of 6-over par 150 (74-76) at the rain-shortened tournament. The event was played at the White Wing Course at Rio Verde Country Club in Arizona. The Cardinals finished 10th as a team. Perry's 13th-place finish marked her sixth top-25 result in seven tournaments this year.

Shelby Wilson, Bowling Green 
Sophomore, Carrollton, Texas/Hebron 
Shelby Wilson recorded the fourth lowest score in Bowling Green history, finishing the 36 hole Rio Verde Intercollegiate with a three-over 147. The sophomore opened with a 72 and followed that up with a 75 in the final round of action, helping the Falcons finish fifth of 17 teams at the White Wing Golf Club in Rio Verde, Ariz. Wilson would finish the tournament tied for fifth among 90 golfers, while adding six birdies in here two rounds of play. 
 
Sathika Ruenreong, Toledo, 
Freshman, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Freshman Sathika Ruenreong led the Rockets to a sixth-place showing at the Rio Verde Invitational with her fifth-straight Top 10 finish. Ruenreong shot a five-over par 149 (73-76) and her one-over par 73 was one stroke shy of her season best.

Heather Marks, Western Michigan
Junior, Byron Center, Mich./South Christian
Heather Marks' career weekend led WMU to a seventh place finish.  The junior recorded her second career top-10 finish, first at this event, tying for eighth, also a career best.  The 2-over par round of 74 on Sunday is a new career low as is the 149 she carded over this weekend's two rounds.  Marks' previous career low round came this past fall at the 2012 Cardinal Classic, also the event where she held her previous 36-hole low score (155).  Marks' first round score of 75 was two strokes better than her previous opening-round score, 77 at the Pinehurst Challenge last spring.   Her eighth-place finish matched her previous career best set, again, at this past fall's Cardinal Classic.
 
 
MEN’S
Charlie Bull, Akron 
Junior, London, England/Bradfield College
Charlie Bull posted a top-15 finish this week at the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate in Aiken, S.C. Playing against a field that included eight teams in the Golfstat Top-100, Bull finished with a three-round score of 217 (+7) to finish in a tie for 15th place as Akron finished in a tie for 12th place. Bull opened the event with rounds of 72 (+2) and 75 (+5) to lead Akron on day one. Bull made his move during the final round, firing a round of even-par 70 to climb 15 spots over the final 18 holes. The top-15 finish was the fifth for in seven events this season dating back to last fall.

Ryan Triller, Bowling Green
Sophomore, Street, Maryland/North Hartford 
Ryan Triller finished ninth of 52 golfers at the Triumph at Pauma Valley Golf Tournament. The sophomore opened with a pair of 72’s and carded a 76 in his final round of action, recording the best 54-hole score in his young BGSU career (220). Triller helped the Falcons finish fifth in the tournament.
 
Byron Firestone, Ohio University 
Senior, Canton, Ohio/Jackson
Firestone was Ohio’s top finisher at the Pinehurst Invitational this past week. The senior was tied for sixth after shooting an opening round, even-par 71, then carded a seven-over par 77 on the famed No. 2 course (home of the 2014 U.S. Open). He fired a final round 76 (+5) and finished 12-over par (71-77-76-224) for the tournament. The t-16th finish was Firestone’s second top-20 of the season. 

Chris Selfridge, Toledo
Sophomore, Castledawson, Northern Ireland/St. Pius X College
Sophomore Chris Selfridge tied for fourth place at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate to help Toledo finish in an eighth-place tie with Mid-American Conference counterpart Eastern Michigan. The Rockets finished with a 67-over par 915 in three rounds at the Pinehurst Resort, the site of the 2014 United States Open. 
In his final round, Selfridge recovered from bogeying two of his first three holes with four birdies the rest of the way to finish his round with a two-under par 69 and at eight-over par 220 (75-76-69) for the tourney.