April 25, 2012
ST. LOUIS - The Missouri State men's golf team has been predicted to finish second at the 2012 State Farm MVC Men's Golf Championship, according to the league's pre-championship coaches' poll. The Bears collected all nine second-place tallies for 72 total points.
Wichita State was the unanimous pick to win the tournament, receiving all nine first-place votes and 81 total points. The Shockers have finished first or second (with 10 titles) in each of the past 15 seasons.
Meanwhile, Illinois State is picked third in this year's poll with 56 points. The Redbirds have finished in the top three in each of the past 11 seasons, with three team titles during that span. Evansville is picked fourth with 53 points, narrowly edging Southern Illinois (45) in the voting. UNI is slated for sixth, with 39 points, while Creighton (29), Drake (17) and Bradley (13) round out the pre-championship poll.
The 2012 State Farm MVC Championship will be played Monday-Tuesday, April 30-May 1, at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. Teams will play 36 holes on Monday and conclude with 18 holes on Tuesday.
Missouri State's Will Hogan and Daily Young are a formidable duo. Young leads the Bears with a 73.61 stroke average and Hogan is right behind at 74.52. If the Bears finish as high as their second-place prediction it would mark the highest finish for Missouri State since taking second place in 2000. The Bears finished third last year while their lone league title since joining the MVC was in 1993.
During the season, the league sported seven team titles, including five by Wichita State. Seven different MVC golfers took home medalist honors during 2011-12, including multiple first-place titles by Daily Young.
Prairie Dunes Country Club was designed by Perry Maxwell and opened in 1937. In the vision of the Carey family and Perry Maxwell, Prairie Dunes has become a renowned course and has played home to several major events including: U.S Women's Amateur, Curtis Cup Match, U.S. Mid- Amateur, U.S. Women's Open and also hosted the 2006 U.S. Senior Open. Prairie Dunes was honored in 2005 by Golf Digest as being named one of America's greatest Golf Courses.
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State Farm MVC Men's Golf Pre-Championship Poll
1. Wichita State (9) - 81
2. Missouri State - 72
3. Illinois State - 56
4. Evansville - 53
5. Southern Illinois - 45
6. UNI - 39
7. Creighton - 29
8. Drake - 17
9. Bradley - 13
*Parentheses denote first-place votes