With 36 holes in the books, the Missouri Valley Conference women’s golf championships are set for a dog fight in Tuesday’s final round at Sand Creek Station.
In the team standings, Missouri State is in the lead with a team score of 600, three strokes over Southern Illinois and 10 strokes better than Indiana State.
Bradley is fourth at 614, followed by Illinois State at 615, Northern Illinois and Loyola-Chicago each at 616, Drake at 619, MVC newcomer Valpariso at 638 and Evansville at 651.
Missouri State opened play with Sunday’s best team score of 305 (the top four rounds), followed by a 295 Monday.
Southern Illinois moved up two spots with a 312 Sunday and 291 Monday.
Bradley’s Frankie Saban moved into the lead for top medalist honors. After opening with a six-over 78 on Sunday, Saban slashed 10 strokes off her score for a 68 and a total of 146.
Saban leads Missouri State’s Rachel Johnson by two strokes. Johnson shot a 73 Monday, cutting her first-round score by two strokes.
Hanna Netsisingha of Southern Illinois, Jessie Stead of Loyola and Stine Pettersen of Missouri State are all tied for third at 149. Three more players are four strokes back at 150.
Saban, a junior from Orland Park, Ill., is shooting for her first collegiate tournament title. Saban started the day on the back nine with birdies on her first two holes. After three pars, she then birdied 15, bogeyed 17 and birdied 18.
Saban opened the front nine with three straight pars, then birdied four and eight with a bogey on six.
“The score was wonderful. I was pretty excited,” Saban said. “I opened with two birdies, and that was pretty exciting. I just tried to stay happy out there. I just enjoyed the day and the players I played with. I was just really thankful the whole time out there. My putter was on today. I found my rhythm with my putter and stuck with it.”
The final round will tee off beginning at 8:30 a.m. today at Sand Creek Station.
“I hope it goes just as well tomorrow,” Saban said. “I want to stick to my game plan. Play with the wind and I’ll be a happy girl.”
Missouri Valley Conference
Women’s Golf Championships
Monday and Tuesday
Sand Creek Station
Par 72, 6,018 yards
1. Frankie Saban Brd.;78-68—146
2. Rachel Johnson Mo.St.;75-73—148
T3. Hanna Netisingha So.Ill.;77-72—149
T3. Jessie Staed Loy.C.;75-74—149
T3. Stine Pettersen Mo.St.;79-70—149
T6. Verena Gimmy Mo.St.;75-75—150
T6. Alice Ho So.Ill.;77-73—150
T6. Sierra Hargens Ind.St.;77-73—150
T9. Thilda Staubo Ind.St.;75-76—151
T9. Ally Scaccia Brd.;78-73—151
T11. Kiley Walsh Ill.St.;80-72—152
T11. Sigurlaug Run Jonsdottir Drk.;78-74—152
T11. Moyea Russell So.Ill.;77-75—152
T14. Madison Glennie Drk.;81-72—153
T14. Ashley Childers Mo.St.;76-77—153
T14. Sarah McMichael No.Io.;79-74—153
T17. Grace Dunn Drk.;81-73—154
T17. Sophie Benetti Ind.St.;79-75—154
T17. Emilyee McGiles So.Ill.;83-71—154
T20. Paige VanDyk No.Io.;85-70—155
T20. Kayla Krueger Valpo.;75-80—155
T20. Paige Seiser Ill.St.;79-76—155
T20. Hannah Bermel No.Io.;82-73—155
T24. Elayna Bowser Loy.C.;84-72—156
T24. Madison Chaney Evns.;76-80—156
T26. Caitlin Sims Ill.St.;78-79—157
T26. Erica Kerr So.Ill.;81-76—157
T26. Alex Jennings Ind.St.;78-79—157
T29. Morgan Brown Loy.C.;78-80—158
T29. Emily Snelling No.Io.;79-79—158
T29. Chloe Horton Brd.;82-76—158
T29. Kylie Shoemake Valpo.;79-79—158
T29. Abby Luchtenburg Ill.St.;82-76—158
T34. Kayla Ryan Ind.St.;82-77—159
T34. Sabrina Hoskins Loy.C.;79-80—159
T36. Taylor Ledwein Brd.;82-78—160
T36. Maddie Bertsch No.Io.;80-80—160
T36. Sam Paulak Drk.;77-83—160
39. Katie Willenbrink Valpo.;83-78—161
T40. Sophia Rohleder Evns.;87-75—162
T40. Brooke Thompson Brd.;85-77—162
T42. Madison Mccreary Valpo.;85-79—164
T42. Morgan Savage Ill.St.;92-72—164
44. Tiffany Curtis Valpo.;85-80—165
45. Aimee Gerschke Drk.;81-85—166
46. Caroline Smith Loy.C.;78-90—168
47. Bridget Schulte Mo.St.;87-82—169
48. Lexie Sollman Evns.;92-78—170
49. Giulia Mallmann Evns.;85-86—171
50. Minka Gill Evns.;84-89—173