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Mustang Hoofprints: May 12

May 12, 2012
By Chris Hmielewski , Marshall Independent

Hello Mustang Fans!

The Mustang Booster Club will be hosting the David and Carol Drown SMSU Golf Classic this summer. The Golf Classic is an 18-hole, five-person scramble tournament being held on June 15 at the Marshall Golf Club, followed by the awards ceremony, a meal, live and silent auctions, and games lasting all evening.

The event will conclude the event with an 18-hole, five-person scramble tournament at the Tyler Golf Club on June 16 with an awards ceremony and social following the event. Please put these two events down on your calendar today.

The Mustang Booster Club will also be conducting its annual Membership Drive, scheduled to begin in late June. If you are interested in participating on one of the membership drive teams, please contact Tim Steinbach at 537-7204 for all your membership drive information.

For all your Mustang Booster Club and SMSU Athletics news, schedules and information, go to

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Fact Box

Hoofprints Trivia Question

Who were the members of last year's team who won the SMSU Golf Classic at the Tyler Golf Club?

The first person to email me at with the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU t-shirt.


The SMSU baseball team (22-23 overall, 12-18 Northern Sun Intercollegiate?Conference) ended its season with a series rain-out against the Minnesota-Crookston this past weekend. The Mustangs will graduate ten seniors from the team this year. I would like to thank: Adam Thygesen, Chris Eichten, Alex Alvarez, Nate Dickhausen, Chris Koep, Ben Bartling, Jeremy Schmidt, Aaron Johnson, Calvin Kosminskas and Travis Koenen for their dedication and leadership shown as a member of the Mustang baseball program.

Coach Blanchard announced this past week the Mustangs' team award winners for the 2012 season. The members of the Mustang team selected the awards with senior second baseman Adam Thygesen and senior pitcher Alex Alvarez, headlining the list, earning the team's Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Pitcher awards, respectively.

For the second straight season, Thygesen was also named the team's best defensive player, while the final award went to senior pitcher Chris Koep, who earned the Mustang Award for the second straight season, which goes to a player who best exemplifies the character, spirit, dedication, hard work and enthusiasm for SMSU baseball. We wish all of our graduating seniors the best of luck in their professional careers.

The SMSU women's golf team saw junior Krista Weiszhaar finished tied for ninth place at the NCAA Central Region Championships at Sierra del Rio Golf Club in Elephant Butte, N.M., becoming just the third Mustang golfer in program history to qualify for the NCAA National Championships, and helped lead SMSU to a fourth place at the nine-team tournament.

SMSU, the championship's No. 7 seed, shot a 330 on Tuesday and finished with a 999 total, 19 strokes from finishing in third place and advancing to the national championships. The fourth-place finish is the program's highest since the 2004 season.

Krista Weiszhaar carded a 26-over-par 242 and is the first Mustang to qualify for the national championship since Erin Oakland in 2004. Laura Lundbohm qualified for the national championship in both 2001 and 2003.

Augustana won the team title with a score of 955, followed by Colorado Mesa (967) and Western New Mexico (980). All three teams advance to the national championships, along with the top three individuals not from qualifying teams. Paige Schmidt from Winona State and Emily Kerber from St. Cloud State join Weiszhaar as individual qualifiers.

The three-day NCAA National Championships will start on Wednesday at Persimmon Ridge C.C. in Louisville, Ky.

SMSU's lone senior, KC Kane, tied for 12th overall with a 30-over 246. Kane was just 1-over after eight holes, but double bogeys on nine, 12 and 13 were too much to overcome, as she finished the round with two birdies, eight pars and five bogeys.

Weiszhaar, who shot a 5-over 77 on Monday, tying for the low round of the day, came back with a 9-over 81 with two birdies, seven pars and seven bogeys. She had a pair of double bogeys on the front nine to finish at 7-over, but rebounded with a 2-over in the final nine holes, including one birdie to finish 9-over.

Sophomore Rachel Patnoe shot a 10-over 82 on Tuesday, and finished tied for 22nd at 37-over. Patnoe, who also shot an 82 during Sunday's opening round, had one birdie, eight pars and eight bogeys in today's round.

Freshman Abby Gruber finished in a tie for 33rd at 48-over, after recording a 14-over-par 86 on Tuesday, with nine pars and five bogeys.

Sophomore Marissa Campeau recorded a 19-over 91 on Tuesday, and finished 39th overall at 51-over. We would like to wish Krista the best of luck as see represents SMSU at the NCAA DII National Championships!

Good luck to all of our teams this week and Believe in Brown!

n We did not have anyone who provided the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hooprint's Trivia question: Who was the last SMSU women's golfer to qualify to compete in the NCAA Women's Golf National Championships?

Erin Oakland in 2004 was the last SMSU women's golf to qualify for the NCAA DII National Championships.



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