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

Team scores

Missouri State;305-295—600

Southern Illinois;312-291—603

Indiana State;309-301—610


Illinois State;319-296—615

Northern Iowa;320-296—616






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