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    April 11, 2007

    Courtesy: The Valley

    SAINT LOUIS, Mo. - Southern Illinois has been tabbed to win the 2007 State Farm MVC Women's Golf Championship in a poll of the league head coaches. The Salukis received 95 total points and five first-place votes to edge Missouri State in the pre-championship poll. The Bears received the remaining five first-place tallies and 88 points. The championship is April 15-17 in Peoria, Ill., at WeaverRidge Golf Club.

    Illinois State is tabbed for a third-place finish with 80 points, while the defending champion Bradley Braves are picked for fourth, with 68 points. Northern Iowa is next with 63 points, followed by Wichita State (56), Indiana State (36), Creighton (25), Drake (21), and Evansville (19). Notably, this marks the first season in which all 10 members sponsor women's golf, as Drake and Indiana State started programs for the start of the 2006-07 season.

    The 54-hole tournament will be played at Peoria's WeaverRidge Golf Club (par 72, 6,043 yards), with 18 holes each day (Sunday-Tuesday, April 15-17). Tee times begin each day at 7:30 a.m. WeaverRidge was ranked No. 2 in Golf Digest's "Best New Upscale Courses of 1998."

    Bradley is the defending champion, having edged Illinois State by two strokes at last year's event in Wichita, Kan. Missy Linnens of Missouri State was a co-medalist last year with Bradley's Meaghan LeBlanc and Illinois State's Sam Richdale. Linnens and teammate Sally Hinton are two of the league's top-rated players heading into the tournament. Pre-championship favorite Southern Illinois is led by Kelly Gerlach, the 2004 medalist.

    Coaches' Poll:

    1. Southern Illinois (5) 95
    2. Missouri State (5) 88
    3. Illinois State 80
    4. Bradley 68
    5. Northern Iowa 63
    6. Wichita State 56
    7. Indiana State 36
    8. Creighton 25
    9. Drake 21
    10. Evansville 19



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