The Missouri State men’s golf team has been picked to finish third at next week’s Missouri Valley Conference Championship in a poll of the league’s coaches.
The tournament will be held Monday and Tuesday (Apr. 29-30) at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Teams will play 36 holes on Monday and conclude with the final 18 on Tuesday.
Wichita State was the unanimous pick in the voting, receiving all nine first-place tallies and 81 total points. Illinois State was tabbed for second with 70 points, while the Bears were a solid third at 65. Southern Illinois was fourth (51), followed by Northern Iowa (42), Drake (35), Evansville (28), Creighton (21) and Bradley (12).
The Bears are led by senior Daily Young and freshman Joey Johnson. Young, a Springfield native, has missed the last two tournaments due to injury, but figures to be back for his final conference tournament. He’s the ninth-ranked player in the league with a 74.50 scoring average and is a two-time all-conference performer.
Johnson, from nearby Ozark, has been MSU’s best player in the spring and is ranked sixth with a 74.47 mark, and is the front-runner for the MVC’s top freshman honor. The rest of the Bears’ lineup is expected to include junior Nick Langley, and freshmen Brik Brauburgerand Mitch Mather.
Missouri State finished second at the MVC tournament a year ago, its best finish in 11 years, and will be looking for its second team title after having previously won in 1993.