Jake Erickson won the Big Blue Intercollegiate in his final tune-up before the MVC Championship.
April 24, 2013
ST. LOUIS - The Southern Illinois men's golf team was picked to finish fourth in the pre-Missouri Valley Conference Championship poll of league coaches, the conference announced Wednesday. SIU will play host to the MVC Championship at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on April 29-30. The nine MVC schools will play 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday.
"We're playing our best golf at the best time," head coach Leroy Newton said. "We didn't play as well in the fall; but with the way we're playing now, we think we're better than fourth place. We'll take it as a challenge."
Southern's veteran lineup includes four seniors, all of whom competed at last year's MVC Championship. Brandon Cauldwell, Jake Erickson, Joe Goelzhauser and Jeffrey Miller all return after competing at last year's MVC Championship. SIU boasts the second-best team stroke average in the field at 298.13. Southern is looking to rebound from an eighth-place finish in 2012.
"We have four seniors that have given us some good rounds and great leadership at the right time," Newton said. "We have seven really strong golfers that can really compete at this level consistently, so we feel good about our lineup going into the tournament."
Wichita State was the unanimous pick to win the tournament. The Shockers have finished in the top-two in the tournament for 15-straight years and won the league 10 times in that span.
Admission is free, and live results will be available on GolfStatResults.com.
|Team (1st-place votes)||Points|
|1.||Wichita State (9)||81|