MAC Golfer of the Week

Updated 10/9/2013

Men's Golfer of the Week

Stuart Grehan, Eastern Michigan, Sophomore

Event Name: Firestone Invitational

Finish in Event: First

Scores: 207 (73-67-67)

Sophomore Stuart Grehan (Tullamore, Ireland-Colaiste Choilm) fired a five-under 67 in Tuesday's final round of the Firestone Invitational to claim medalist honors and propel the Eastern Michigan University men's golf team to a third place team finish. Grehan, who was tied for the lead entering the final day, earned Eastern Michigan's first individual medalist honors of the season as he went eagle-par-birdie over the final three holes to win by three strokes at 207 (73-67-67). Grehan's victory was the first of his career and his third career top-10 showing. The individual title is the first by an Eagle since Casey Olsen finished tied for the top spot at the weather-shortened C&F Bank Intercollegiate, March 24-26, 2013, in Williamsburg, Va. Additionally, his 54-hole total is tied for the second-best mark in the program's history, bettered only by Korey Mahoney's 206 (71-65-70) at the Marshall Invitational, April 8, 2005. The other rounds of 207 were by Brandon Lemons (67-67-73) at the Desert Shootout, March 20, 2010, and by   Mahoney (69-70-68) at the Wolverine Intercollegiate, Sept. 25, 2005.

 

Women's Golfer of the Week

Jenna Hague, Ball State, Junior
 
Event Name: The Preview
 
Finish in Event: First
 
Scores: 147 (72-75)
 

Jenna Hague won The 2013 Preview this week to tie the MAC record for career victories by a women’s golfer. Hague finished the 36-hole event with a 3-over par total of 147 in wet conditions at Hawthorns Golf & Country Club, the site of next spring’s MAC Championships. She won by two strokes in a field of 94 golfers for her second victory of the fall. It was the sixth career victory in just 28 career events for Hague, who matched former Western Michigan golfer Erica Bieniek and former Kent State golfer Martina Gillen for the top spot on the MAC all-time wins list. She also led Ball State to a runner-up team finish at The Preview in a field of 16 teams, eight of which were MAC schools. Dating back to last season, Hague has now finished among the top 10 in six straight tournaments.

 

Other Nominees

Emma Salata, Western Michigan, Sophomore

Event Name: The Preview

Finish in Event: T-22nd

Scores: 160 (81-79)

Sophomore Emma Salata paced the WMU effort with a career-best finish, tying for 22nd.  Salata also registered a career low 36-hole score of 160, closing out her tournament with a 7-over par 79.

 

Taylor Kim, Kent State, Sophomore

Event Name: Schooner Fall Classic

Finish in Event: Third

Scores: 209 (72-69-68)

Kim had an impressive third place finish at the Schooner Fall Classic in a field that consisted of six teams in the Top 25, including four teams ranked in the top 8 in the nation, and 17 of the top 100 players in the country, all according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.  Kim’s score of 209 is the best a Golden Flash has scored this fall.  Kim posted 37 pars and 10 birdies in the event which both tied for third most in the field.   She tied for second overall with an average score of 2.93 on par 3’s, tied for fifth with a 4.07 average on par 4’s and tied for third with a 4.78 on par 5’s. 

 

Kristen Helmsdoerfer, Ohio, Senior

Event Name: The Preview

Finish in Event: T-11th

Scores: 156 (78-78)

Kristen showed excellent consistency to lead the Bobcats to their best finish in The Preview tournament since 2010. Her 156 marks her best two-round score in four years at Ohio University. She hit par on 53% of the 36 holes in the tournament.

 

Lina Bengtsson, Akron, Freshman

Event Name: The Preview

Finish in Event: T-9th

Scores: 155 (79-76)

For the third-straight event to open the season, freshman Lina Bengtsson was Akron's top finisher or shared top-performer honors. She posted her first-collegiate top-10 finish, finishing tied for ninth place at the 2013 MAC Preview. On Monday, she was one of just 19 players (out of 94) to break 80 during the first round as heavy rain prior to the event and strong winds provide tough conditions on the course. She posted a 7-over 79 to close day one in a tie for 11th place. On Tuesday, she posted a round of 4-over 76 to finish in a tie for ninth place, sharing top honors for the Zips with teammate Sara Chaves.

 

Sylvie Williams, Eastern Michigan, Junior 

Kelsey Murphy, Eastern Michigan, Freshman

Event Name: The Preview

Finish in event: T-3rd

Scores: 152 (76-76)

Junior Sylvie Williams and freshman Kelsey Murphy each fired back-to-back rounds of 76 for a two-day total of 152 in third place at The Preview, making EMU one of just three teams in the tournament to boast a multiple top 10 finishers. Murphy's top five showing was the first of her career, while it was also the first top five finish of Williams' career to go along with equaling her career low round of 76.

 

Manisa Isavas, Toledo, Sophomore
 
Event Name: The Preview 
 
Finish in Event: Second 
 
Scores: 149 (74-75)

Sophomore Manisa Isavas helped the Rockets capture their second tournament title of the season with a seven-stroke victory at The Preview. Isavas paced the Rockets with a career-best second-place showing as she finished just two strokes behind medalist Jenna Hague (72-75=147) of Ball State with a five-over par 149 (74-75). She tied for first in the tournament with six birdies and was a tourney-best two-under par on par-five holes.

 

Peyton White, Ohio, Freshman

Event Name: Firestone Invitational

Finish in Event: T-13th

Scores: 218 (77-73-68)

Freshman Peyton White (Huntersville, N.C.) continued his strong fall play by posting his second-straight top-20 to lead the Bobcats at the Firestone Invitational. White finished t-13th after carding a final round 68 (-4) to go along with rounds of 77 and 73 (218, +2). White made six birdies in his final round and ranked fourth in the field in total pars (36) for the tournament. He was tied for third among competitors in par 3 (E) and par 4 (E) scoring over his 54 holes and his combined score of 218 marked a career best.

 

Carr Vernon, Akron, Sophomore

Event Name: Firestone Invitational

Finish in Event: Second

Scores: 210 (71-71-68)

Carr Vernon posted the best finish of his collegiate career, finishing in sole possession of second place at this week's Firestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Vernon was the lone player to post three-straight rounds under par, closing play with a three-round score 6-under 210. He finished the week with 13 birdies to just seven bogeys and finished second in the event in Par-3 scoring (-1) and tied for sixth in Par-5 scoring (-6). His 1-under 71 during the first round was one of just seven rounds under par in a round that saw the average score climb over 76. After a second-consecutive round of 71, he closed play with a 4-under 68, tying his career-low round, to close the day with a share of the clubhouse lead with five groups still on the course.