Bulldogs Finish Seventh At State Farm MVC Men's Golf Championship
HUTCHINSON, Kan. - Freshman Blake Huser (Altoona, Iowa) shot a final-round 76 to pace the Drake men's golf team to a 54-hole total of 910 (303-292-315=910), which was good for a seventh-place showing at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship on Tuesday (May 1) at the Prairie Dunes Country Club.
Only eight strokes separated the third- to eighth-place finishers in the team competition as Northern Iowa came in third place with a 902 total.
"The course played very tough today as we faced 20+ mph winds, so obviously that was challenging," Bulldog head coach Matt Lewis commented. "I think the guys were mentally tough and gave their best effort, unfortunately, we didn't get the results we wanted. I think they enjoyed the challenge and I felt the effort was there, it just didn't happen today."
Huser was Drake's top finisher with a 224 total (73-75-76=223), which was good for a 12th-place tie.
"Blake (Huser) played a solid tournament and I'm proud of his effort," said Lewis.
By virtue of their top-18 finishes, Huser, Lyons and Worley each were awarded one of the coveted tournament flags given to the top-18 individuals in the standings.
Redshirt freshman Devin Leland (Huxley, Iowa) concluded his year with an 81, a score that was good for a tournament mark of 233 (80-72-81=233) and a tie for 31st.
On the strength of a final-round 78, sophomore Connor Steele (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) carded a 54-hole score of 239 (78-83-78=239), to tie for 40th.
"Overall, we were probably 1-2 scores away today from having a solid finish," Lewis explained. "This is something for us to take away as we continue to develop and grow next year."
The State Farm MVC Championship was the final event for the Bulldogs this season.
DRAKE INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: Blake Huser 224 (73-75-76=224/T-12th), Dane Worley 229 (76-72-81=229/T-18th), Ben Lyons 229 (76-73-80=229/T-18th), Devin Leland 233 (80-72-81=233/T-31st), Connor Steele 239 (78-83-78=239/T-40th).
STATE FARM MVC CHAMPIONSHIP
MAY 1, 2012 • 54 HOLES
PRAIRIE DUNES COUNTRY CLUB (HUTCHINSON, KAN.)
1) Wichita State 877 (288-293-296=877)
2) Missouri State 895 (300-299-296=895)
3) Northern Iowa 902 (303-292-307=902)
4) Creighton 903 (293-305-305=903)
5) Illinois State 904 (299-301-304=904)
6) Evansville 906 (294-300-312=906)
7) Drake 910 (303-292-315=910)
8) Southern Illinois 926 (297-312-317=926)
9) Bradley 929 (309-312-308=929)