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    April 27, 2004

    By Jeff Honza

    SILVIS, Ill. - The first six teams of this year's Missouri Valley Conference Men's Golf Championship all finished in the same spots where they were picked to finish prior to the event, which ended today at TPC at Deere Run. Southern Illinois took fourth with a three-round total of 907.

    SIU's fourth-place showing marked the best finish at a MVC Championship under eight-year head coach Leroy Newton. It also snapped a streak of three consecutive years, where the Dawgs placed seventh out of the nine-team field.

    SIU tied for first after shooting a 298 in its opening round of the tournament, but struggled to a second-round mark of 312, which would haunt the Salukis in the end. SIU, however, did finish strong with a 297, but couldn't catch Wichita State, Illinois State or Drake, who also collected impressive third-round scores.

    WSU, who was a unanimous pick to win this year's title, overcame a fourth-place, first-round finish to clinch its 11th MVC Championship. Carding a 306-299-291-896, the Shockers are now winners of five of the last six league championships.

    Host ISU took runner-up honors with a 299-312-289-900, while Drake (298-308-298-904), SIU, SW Missouri State (319-310-298-927) and Northern Iowa (319-309-307-935) all finished where they were supposed to, according to league coaches. Evansville (330-327-306-963), Bradley (324-327-316-967) and Creighton (328-340-318-986) followed.

    Freshman Kyle Hosick led all individuals after two rounds, but ended up finishing third with a 74-74-73-221. Also, Brian Norman (72-78-74-224) tied for fourth, Grant Goltz (76-80-72-228) tied for 13th, Dustin Stewart (76-80-79-235) tied for 20th and Braxton Weaver (79-81-78-238) tied for 26th.



    ISU's Brian Anderson won medalist honors with a 76-73-70-219.

    Following the tournament, Newton was named MVC Coach of the Year and both Norman and Hosick were selected all-conference. The Coach of the Year honor marks the first of any coach in SIU men's golf history. Newton along with SIU women's coach Diane Daugherty swept the league's Coach of the Year honors this season.

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