Central Missouri Mules and Jennies Golf began playing in the 2017 MIAA Championships today, Monday, in the Kansas City Area. The women’s tournament is taking place at Swope Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City with the men competing at Sycamore Ridge Golf Course in Spring Hill.
The Jennies began playing in the first morning group in the women’s championship at Swope Memorial. The Jens played alongside Missouri Western and began playing at 8:30 a.m. on the front nine. The Jennies begin play as the No. 9-ranked team in the NCAA-II Central Region rankings. The top 12 teams in the final ranking after this week’s conference championship tournaments will earn a bid to the NCAA-II Super Regional Tournament at Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls, S.D. May 8-10.
The Mules began playing at the men’s tournament at Sycamore Ridge at 9:20 a.m. on the front nine. They played alongside Lindenwood and Central Oklahoma the first two days of competition. The Mules are 1.5 points ahead of Central Oklahoma and seven points ahead of Lindenwood in the MIAA season-long points standings. Additionally, Alex Springer has a 9.75 point lead in the individual points standings heading into the conference championship. Team points are doubled in the conference championship with the winning team receiving 22 team points, second place garnering 20 points, third place being awarded 18 points and so on. The Mules are also ranked No. 1 in the Central Regional poll ahead of next week’s NCAA Super Regional at Awarii Dunes Golf Club in Axtell, Neb.
Both tournaments will consist of 54 holes, played over three days and concluding on Wednesday at their respective courses.