PEORIA, Ill. -- The Bradley men's golf team will visit Hutchinson, Kan., for the second time in three years when the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Men's Golf Championship is held at Prairie Dunes Country Club Monday and Tuesday.
Play is scheduled to feature 36 holes on Monday, April 30 and conclude with 18 holes Tuesday at the par-72 course which also served as site for the 2010 MVC Championship. Opened in 1937, Prairie Dunes has previously served as site for the U.S Women's Amateur, Curtis Cup Match, U.S. Mid- Amateur, U.S. Women's Open and also hosted the 2006 U.S. Senior Open.
Freshman Seth Trolia (Mahomet, Ill./Seymour) tied for 15th at the Battle at the Warren last week and enters the MVC Championship with a team-best 75.8 stroke average. Trolia's season average is the lowest by a Bradley individual since Scott Phegley averaged 74.9 in 2006-07 and he enters the MVC Championship needing to shoot 258 (86.0 per round) or better to break the freshman stroke average record of 76.9 set by Rod Smith Jr., in 1977-78.
Fellow freshman Danny Masrin (Palatine, Ill./Jakarta International School) has also had a strong rookie campaign, owning a 77.4 stroke average on the year. Sophomore Daniel Young (Metamora, Ill./Metamora) has averaged 74.4 stroke per round over his last seven efforts and is one shot behind Masrin on the year with a 77.5 stroke average.
Bradley's top returning finisher from last year's MVC Championship, sophomore Travis Kreiter (Brimfield, Ill./Brimfield) tied for 20th at last year's even in Sunrise Beach, Mo. Kreiter shot a pair of 76's to conclude the 2011 Championship and is fourth on the squad this year with a 78.5 average.
As a team, Bradley's 78.0 average individual round would rank as the squad's best since 2005-06 (77.7 per round). The Braves enter the tournament with 99 rounds in t