MIAC Men's Golf Athlete-of-the-Week
Alex Case, Bethel
Chaska, Minn. / Chaska
The Bethel men's golf team made history in 2014 with its first-ever MIAC Championship, and the Royals and junior Alex Case (Chaska, Minn.) are off to another great start in 2015. Case claimed the first medalist honor of his career by winning the Frank Wrigglesworth Blugold Invitational and leading the Royals to a fourth-place team finish. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Case Wednesday with the MIAC Men's Golf Athlete-of-the-Week award.
Case's chase for his first career win got off to a blistering start with a 69 on Sunday. He followed that up with a 77 on Monday, and his two-day total of 146 was good for first place and his first career medalist honor among a field of 102 players. Case helped Bethel shoot a 304 Sunday and a 303 on Monday for a team total of 607, which was good for a fourth-place finish in the 18-team field. The tournament was played at the Eau Claire Golf and Country Club in Eau Claire, Wis. Bethel has now finished in the top four in both of its 2015 tournament appearances, including a win at the Augsburg Invitational.
Bethel and Case hope to keep recording low scores in their final two tune-ups before they defend their MIAC title at the conference championship meet. The Royals will play in the Saint John's Invitational Saturday and Sunday at Blackberry Ridge and Greystone Golf Club, and they'll compete in Gustavus' Twin Cities Classic on Sept. 26-28 prior to the MIAC Championships, which will be held Oct. 3-5 at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, Minn.
MIAC Women's Golf Athlete-of-the-Week
Rachel Morris, St. Thomas
Mequon, Wis. / Homestead
The St. Thomas women's golf team is enjoying an outstanding start to the 2015 campaign, as it won its second-straight team title to open the season. Junior Rachel Morris (Mequon, Wis./Homestead) led the Tommies to victory at the Wartburg College Fall Invite with a pair of solid rounds and a second-place individual finish. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Morris Wednesday with the MIAC Women's Golf Athlete-of-the-Week award.
Morris got off to a hot start at the two-day tournament at Prairie Links Golf Club in Waverly, Iowa, with a 2-over-par 74, and she followed that up with a 1-over-par 73, which equaled her best 18 hole collegiate score. Morris finished with a 36-hole total of 147 (3-over-par) and was the second-place finish and first among MIAC golfers in the 18-team, 94-player field. She led St. Thomas to a total score of 611 (301-310) and an eight-shot victory against a field that included three other MIAC opponents. Thus far in 2015, Morris has a 75.5 scoring average, which is tied for the best mark in the conference.
The Tommies and Morris hope to keep their red-hot start to the season going with two more tournaments to prepare for the MIAC Championships, which will be held Oct. 3-5 at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, Minn. This weekend, St. Thomas travels to Lake City, Minn., for the Division III Classic on Saturday and Sunday. Morris and company will then head to Hastings, Minn., on Sept. 26-27, to compete in the College City Tournament.