MAC Announces Golfers of the Week

Updated 4/11/2013

Women's Co-Golfer of the Week
Jenna Hague, Ball State
Sophomore, Burlington, Ontario (Nelson)
Jenna Hague took first place at Eastern Kentucky's Colonel Classic last weekend with a 54-hole total of 3-over par 219 (74-72-73).  It was Hague's second tournament title this season and the fourth of her career, and it came at the same tournament where she won her first title last spring. Hague finished directly in front of a pair of Toledo golfers at the top of the leaderboard. She helped the Cardinals to a second-place team finish in a 14-team field. The event was played on a par-72, 5,807-yard layout at Arlington Golf Club in Richmond, Ky.

Women's Co-Golfer of the Week
Sathika Ruenreong, Toledo
Freshman, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Freshman Sathika Ruenreong helped Toledo nearly set a school record for a second-straight tournament as it cruised to a 21-stroke victory at the EKU Colonel Classic. UT carded a 29-over par 893 (296-300-297) which is one stroke away from the school mark set two previous times. Ruenreong registered a career-best second-place showing with a four-over par 220 (74-72-74) as UT gained its third tournament win at EKU in the last seven years. It was also the Rockets' third tournament title of the 2012-13 campaign. In her final round, Ruenreong recovered from a double bogey and bogey on two of her first three holes to play one-under par for the rest of her round.

Men's Co-Golfer of the Week 
Corey Conners, Kent State
Junior, Listowel, Ontario (Listowel)

Junior Corey Conners helped the No. 20 Kent State men's golf team to a second place finish at the highly competitive field of the Aggie Invitational hosted by Texas A&M at Traditions Golf Club.  The 12-team field was made up of all teams ranked in the Top-35, including four in the Top-10.  The Golden Flashes tallied an even-par 864, placing behind No. 2 Alabama who secured an 18-shot victory. Conners led the KSU charge finishing fourth overall with a five-under 211.  

Men's Co-Golfer of the Week
Bryce Emory, Northern Illinois
Senior, Aurora, Ill. (Marmion Academy)
Bryce Emory earned individual medalist honors at the Jim West Intercollegiate at the TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. Emory claimed the victory on the third playoff hole over Sarosh Adi of TCU. Emory led the tournament from the beginning, posting a one-under 71 in the opening round. He followed with an even-par 72 in the second round and finished with a one-over 73 for a 54-hole total of 216. In the playoff, Emory clinched the win with a birdie on the third extra hole to earn his first collegiate tournament victory.  

Other Nominees:
Hanna Ek, Akron 
Redshirt Senior, Falun, Sweden (Falu Frigymnasium)
Hanna Ek led the Zips to a tie for seventh place over the weekend at the 2013 Colonel Classic. Ek paced the Zips with a top-15 finish, concluding the event tied for 14th place with a three-round score of 231 (+15). Ek opened play with a round of 11-over 83 before posting a season-best tying round of 1-under 71 to close day one. Her round of 71 helped her climb 50 spots to finish the day tied for 12th place. Ek closed play with a final-round 77 (+5) for her first top-15 finish of the spring schedule.

Bailey Arnold, Bowling Green 
Junior, Cincinnati, Ohio (Seton) 
Bailey Arnold recorded the second-lowest 54-hole score of her Falcon career, finishing fifth at the Colonel Classic in Richmond, Ky., with a score of 226. The junior opened with back-to-back 74’s, followed by a 78 in the final round to score the fifth-lowest 54-hole mark in the history of BGSU women’s golf. Arnold was also a major part of the team that recorded a 924 over the weekend, matching the lowest 54-hole score in school history.
Kara Brinkmann, Ohio 
Junior, Middletown, Ohio (Mount Notre Dame)
Kara had a great weekend for Ohio University women’s golf, leading the team to its best finish of the season at the 2013 Eastern Kentucky University Lady Colonel Classic. The junior earned her recently-awarded role of the No. 1 golfer at the tournament, shooting a team-low score of 228 through 54 holes. Brinkmann earned just the second top-10 finish of her career at the tournament, pacing the Green and White to its lowest team score (926) since the 1999-00 season. The team score of 926 was the fifth-lowest score in the history of the Ohio women’s golf program. 
In addition to the ninth-place finish marking the second time during her career she has finished within the top 10 of a tournament, Brinkmann’s three-round score of 228 was the best of her career. 
Kaylee Imel, Western Michigan 
Senior, Bluffton, Ind. (Norwell)
Senior Kaylee Imel finished alone in third place at the 2013 Kangaroo Invitational for the best finish of her Bronco career.  WMU Golf finished the event tied for third with host Kansas City.
Imel's previous best finish came in the 2010 Mid-American Conference Preview to cap that fall season with a fourth-place finish.  Imel shot 73-74-77 to finish with a 54-hols score of 224, also matching her career low score for three rounds, originally set in last year's Rio Verde Invitational. The score of 224 ties for the 13th lowest 54-hole score in program history, tying four golfers including herself.
Charlie Bull, Akron 
Junior, London, England (Bradfield College)
Charlie Bull posted his third-straight and seventh top-20 finish in eight events over the weekend. Bull finished the Irish Creek Collegiate in a tie for 19th place after shooting a 4-over 217. The Zips, playing in a field that included nine Golfstat Top-100 teams, finished in a three-way tie for ninth place. Bull opened play on Saturday with rounds of 1-over 72 and even-par 71 before closing the event with a final-round 74 (+3). He has now shot 1-over or better in seven of his last nine rounds, including four rounds at par or better.
Tyler Merkel, Ball State
Junior, Evansville, Ind. (Central)
Tyler Merkel finished in sixth place individually to lead the Cardinals this week at the Jim West Intercollegiate. Merkel posted a 54-hole total of 4-over par 220 (72-75-73) on the way to his sixth top-10 finish of the season. The Cardinals took sixth place as a team on a par-72, 7,417-yard layout at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. Merkel has now finished in the top 10 in six of Ball State’s past seven stroke-play events.
Austin Kelly, Miami 
Junior, Chatham, Ontario (Ursuline College)
Austin Kelly had a great weekend at the Hoosier Invitational. He finished tied for fourth, which was his third career top-5 finish. Kelly finished the event at three-under par, only two shots behind the winner. He had rounds of 70-69-71. The two-under par 69 in the second round tied a season-low for Kelly.
Byron Firestone, Ohio University 
Senior, Canton, Ohio (Jackson)
Firestone posted his second-straight top-20 finish this past weekend at the NYX Hoosier Invitational while leading the Bobcats to a season-best fifth place finish out of 18 teams. Firestone finished tied for 20th after carding a 54-hole total of 219 (74-71-74, +6). His second-round 71 matched his career low round and helped the Bobcats post their best combined 18-hole score in more than a year. On the weekend, Firestone registered a team-best 11 birdies, which was tied for fourth-best among the 90 competitors. He played the par 5s at four-under par for the tournament.
Chris Selfridge, Toledo
Sophomore, Castledawson, Northern Ireland
Sophomore Chris Selfridge led Toledo at the Hoosier Invitational by matching his career low with a four-under par 67 to tie for sixth place at two-under par 211 (71-73-67). Selfridge now leads the MAC with a 71.68 stroke average.