Nov. 3, 2015
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark. - Missouri State's women's golf team posted a tournament-best and school-record 287 on the final round Tuesday to take top honors at the Little Rock Golf Classic, held at the Diamante Country Club here.
Coach Kevin Kane's Bears rallied from their fourth-place position after round two to finish with a score of 887, three strokes better than second-place Central Arkansas (890) -- which led after the first two rounds -- and nine strokes better than tournament host Little Rock (896). Houston Baptist and Eastern Michigan tied for fourth-place in the 15-team field with identical 54-hole scores of 900.
MSU's 887 total tied their season best set at Missouri back in September and gave the Bears back-to-back tournament victories to end the fall season after the team earned top honors in the MSU Payne Stewart Memorial, Oct. 12-13.
Leading the way for Missouri State was senior Megan Furnish whose one-over par 217 (75-71-71), a career best, tied her for fourth place in the field of 84 individuals. Sophomore Stine Pettersen tied for 12th with a three-round total of 222 (77-73-72), while classmate Verena Gimmy tied for 15th, one stroke behind Pettersen at 223 (74-77-72).
All 15 MSU individual rounds at the event were scored in the 70's, including freshman Ashley Childers who carded a 226 (79-75-72) to tie for 22nd, and junior Caroline Boone, whose 234 (78-79-77) was good enough for 47th place.
Central Arkansas' Emma Svensson won overall medalist honors with a 208, followed by Little Rock's Stina Ressen and Eastern Michigan's Thelma Beck who tied for runner-up honors with totals of 216.