Bears Jump to Second at MVC Women's Golf Championship

Bears Jump to Second at MVC Women's Golf Championship

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April 20, 2015

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BURLINGTON, Iowa - Missouri State vaulted three spots in the Missouri Valley Conference Women's Golf Championship standings in the second round, shooting a 25-over-par 313, at Spirit Hollow Golf Course Monday.

The Bears played through tough conditions with high winds in the round, and are 11 strokes off the pace set Wichita State. The Shockers again fired the low round of the day, a 23-over 311, and are 36-over-par for the championship.

All five Missouri State golfers sit in the top 20 as senior Chiara Citterio continues to pace the Bears individually, She carded a 6-over 78 on Monday, moving to third overall, four shots behind Wichita State's Alejandra Arellano in the medalist race. Citterio owns four of the Bears' 18 birdies for the tournament.

Classmate Megan Thompson posted the Bears' best round of the day, a 4-over 76, to jump almost 30 places to tie for 11th at 14-over 158 through 36 holes. She picked up a team-high-tying two birdies on the day.

"We battled well today on a really tough day," MSU head coach Kevin Kane said. "We've got some ground to make up for sure, but it's not over. Still a lot of golf left and I expect us to finish up strong."

Junior Megan Furnish matched Citterio's second-round score with a 78 of her own. She tallied two birdies, and is tied for 20th at 16-over 160.

Freshmen Stine Pettersen and Verena Gimmy each shot 81. Pettersen is tied for eighth after opening with a 76, while Gimmy has a share of 15th place at 15-over 159.

Missouri State holds a 10-stroke advantage over third-place Loyola, which shot a 41-over 329 for a two-round 633 total. Southern Illinois was 44-over on the day and sits fourth at 634.

The biggest mover of the day was Illinois State. The Redbirds climbed four spots in the standings to occupy fifth overall on the strength of a 33-over 318. ISU's Brianna Cooper turned in a 77 to move a stroke in front of Citterio in the individual standings.

The final round begins at 9 a.m., on Tuesday.

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