October 13, 2009

Bulldogs Place 11th At MAC Preview

Junior Molly Fields placed among the “Top 20” individuals and helped lift Butler to an 11th place team finish at the Duramed Mid-American Conference Preview, which wrapped up at Hawthorns Golf and Country Club in Fishers on Tuesday (Oct. 13).  The Bulldogs were one of 16 teams competing in the 54-hole tournament.

Fields carded back-to-back rounds of 77 over the final 36 holes and finished with a three-round total of 235.  She wound up in a three-way tie for 17th place, just three strokes shy of a “Top 10” finish.  She had the Bulldogs’ best score in each of the final two rounds.

Sophomore Michele Nash finished three strokes back in a tie for 25th place.  She had Butler’s best opening-round score with an 80 and then added a 78 and another 80 for a 54-hole total of 238.

Sophomore Clare Cornelius wound up tied for 53rd place with a 247 (81-82-84), while freshman Julia Porter tied for 72nd place at 254 (93-83-78).   Junior Allison Lipps tied for 82nd place with a three-round total of 267 (88-87-92).

The Bulldogs opened the tournament with a team round of 330, before bouncing back with solid scores of 320 and 319 in the final two rounds.  Butler’s final score of 969, 12 strokes behind Oakland in 10th place.

Breanne Neufeld of Bradley captured medalist honors with a final score of seven-over-par 223, one stroke ahead of runner-up Britney Hamilton of Western Michigan.  A total of 92 golfers were entered in the tournament.

Ball State claimed the team crown with a final score of 933, while Eastern Michigan finished runner-up at 935.