The Braves finished second at its host event, the Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic at WeaverRidge, behind Drake.
Sophomore Kelly Amundrud matched her season low, shooting a second round score of 71 while the rest of her team turned in the lowest round of the spring with a total of 302 strokes.
Amundrud and junior Breanne Neufeld both shot a four-over 76 in their first rounds of play. Amundrud finished the second round, two shots off the lead behind Drake’s Olivia Lansing, the winner of last year’s event. Lansing shot the best round of the day, a two-under 70.
After day one Neufeld was two shots behind teammate Amundrud in a tie for third place with a two round total of 149.
Freshman Natalie Wisniewski shot an opening round 78 and followed with a 77 to finish Monday’s action tied for 11th at 155.
Junior Caitlin Deeken posted rounds of 83 and 81 to be in a tie at 31st going into day two of the event.
Drake claimed the team title in last year’s inaugural Hotels at Grand Prairie Collegiate Classic and held a 14-shot lead after the first round of this year’s event. The Braves’ second round score of 302 is tied for the 14th lowest team round in school history.
Drake’s Lansing won the event this season for the second straight year. Bradley had two of the top three finishers in the field and the Braves finished second behind Drake in the standings with a three-round total of 919.
Lansing started the second day with a two-shot lead and shot the lowest round of the day, posting a one-under 71.
Amundrud started the second round in second place but dropped into third after posting a final-round 77.
Neufeld overtook her teammate to grab the second place for the tournament.
Drake took the tournament, shooting 895 and had four players finish in the top seven. All six Bulldogs placed 17th or better to help Drake to a 24-shot lead on the field.
“Success is dictated by the commitment to compete and that commitment to competition was exhibited quite well by our women’s golf team in the HGPCC,” said coach Bo Ryan. “No question we wanted to win our home event, but we simply didn’t get enough putts to fall and Drake did.”
After a strong showing in the last regular season tournament of the year, the Braves are going to the MVC tournament on a good note.
“The three favorites are our own Breanne Neufeld, Drake’s Olivia Lansing and Illinois State’s Stacey Miller,” Ryan said. “I imagine if one of these three players wins, that will give that individual the MVC Player of the Year honors. One thing is for sure, the MVC Women’s Golf Championship always has a surprise or two.”