Christopher Second, Sycamores Third After Round Two Of MVC Championship
April 22, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
ISU GOLF RELEASE
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – It will all come down to the final 18 holes on Tuesday at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield with Indiana State, Bradley, and pre-championship favorite Wichita State in good position to win the team title and an equally close battle forming for the individual title.
Indiana State’s McCall Christopher and Bradley’s Danielle Lemek shared the first round lead as each posted a 69, the first time in MVC Championship history that two players shot below 70 in the same round. Lemek moved to the front with a 70 in the second round and a 139 total while Christopher came in with a 75 and a 144 total.
“It poured rain for the first 11 holes,” Greg Towne, Indiana State golf coach, said. “We could have been better prepared and I felt we let a few go early and did finish as well as Sunday. But we are where we want to be … in the last group with a chance to win. I have a good feeling ab out it.”
Bradley holds the second round lead as the Braves will enter the final round on Tuesday with a 599 total. Pre-championship favorite Wichita State is second at 601 with Indiana State third at 603. Defending champion Illinois State is sitting fourth at 606. Behind these four are Southern Illinois and Missouri State who are tied for fifth at 608 with Evansville seventh (611), Drake eighth (616), Northern Iowa ninth (620) and Loyola 10th (622).
Christopher is leading the Sycamore charge as established a career low for 36 holes with a 144 total after the first two rounds of the MVC Championship. The senior shot the second lowest round in school history and set her own career record with a 69 in the opening round and backed up a bit in the second round with a 75.
Freshman Marissa Uradomo and junior Amanda Smith are currently tied for 12th with 151 totals. Uradomo opened with a 72 in the first round and dropped a few shots in the second round as she came in with a 79. Smith opened with a 75 and remained consistent, shooting a 76 in the second round.
Juniors Erinn Sutton improved on her opening round 82 by coming in with a 77 today for a two-day total of 159 and in 38th position. Junior Gina Della Camera has posted back-to-back 80s for a 160 total and tied for 39th.
Bradley’s Danielle Lemek has a five-shot lead on Christopher with a 139 (69-70) total while Wichita State’s Alejandra Arellano currently third at 145 (73-72). A pair of Drake golfers take up the next two spots with Arianna Gastelum fourth at 147 (72-75) and Hadley Jennings fifth at 148 (78-70).
The final round begins at 10 a.m. (ET) with the last three-some (Christopher, Lemek and Arellano) scheduled to go off at 11:30 a.m. (ET).
COURSE INFORMATION -- Panther Creek was professionally designed by PGA Hall of Fame golfer, Hale Irwin and opened for play in 1992. All 7,244 yards excite and challenge golfers of all skill levels. Panther Creek has 5 sets of tees that provide a complete test for the game’s most skilled golfers while also featuring forgiving fairways and large putting surfaces which level the playing field for even the beginning golfer. From 2007 – 2011 Panther Creek Country Club was home to the LPGA’s State Farm Classic producing wins for the some of the tours most prestigious players such as, Sherri Steinhauer, Ji Young Oh, In-Kyung Kim, Yani Tseng, and Christie Kerr. Panther Creek Country Club was host to many State Amateur Qualifiers, the 2008 Women’s State Amateur, and the Great Lakes Valley Men’s Championship. It is the future site of the 2015 Illinois State Amateur.