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MSU Men’s Golf Closes Regular Season in OK

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Bears look for momentum prior to hosting MVC Championship

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – The Missouri State men’s golf team heads to the ORU Shootout at Forest Ridge Golf Club Monday and Tuesday, with a chance to gain momentum heading into hosting the Missouri Valley Conference in two weeks.

The Bears are set to compete with 13 teams including two from host Oral Roberts and one each from Arkansas State, Creighton, Midland College, Northern Iowa, New Mexico Junior College, Omaha, Rogers State, SIUE, South Dakota, Texas Pan American and Weber State.

The teams are set to play 36 holes Monday and 18 Tuesday beginning with a pair of 8:30 a.m., shotgun starts. The Bears look to improve upon a 13th-place finish from last week at the A-State Red Wolves Intercollegiate in Jonesboro, Ark.

Missouri State head coach Neal Stafford is looking forward to the event–the last of the regular season before the Bears host the MVC championship at the Club at Porto Cima in Sunrise Beach, Mo., on April 27-28.

“This is a new event on our schedule this year so we are excited to get a look at Forest Ridge,” Stafford said. “This should provide a solid final opportunity before the conference championship. Obviously we want to be playing well heading into the MVC, so I’m looking for the team to post some solid play in Tulsa.”

Missouri State ranks third in the Valley in team scoring average at 298.04 in nine tournaments and 23 rounds this season behind only Wichita State (290.1) and Southern Illinois (295.84).

The Bears will play with a lineup of juniors Joey Johnson, Mitch Mather and Brik Brauburger, senior Mark Karlsenand freshman Brad Carpenter. Fellow freshman Brian Rogers will play as an individual.

Johnson is the highest-ranked MSU player in the league in terms of stroke average, sitting seventh at 74.3. He tied for 33rd in Jonesboro last week–closing with an even-par 71–his third such round of the season.

Mather is ninth in the league with a 74.6 average. He finished 52nd at Arkansas State, with a second-round 74 representing his best round of the week.

Carpenter finished tied for 38th in Arkansas posting a career-best even-par 71 in the second round last week. He shot 14-over-par 227 overall.

Brauburger and Karlsen carded 230 and 231, to tie for 58th and 63, respectively, last week.

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