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Aimee Gerschke | 2018 WWSGA State Amateur 

CHESTERTON, Indiana — Two years after finishing at the bottom of the Missouri Valley Conference, the Drake University women's golf team is 18 holes away from finishing a worst-to-first journey of epic proportions at the MVC Championship.

And two Wisconsin golfers did much of the heavy lifting Monday to get the Bulldogs to the top of the leaderboard.

Junior Aimee Gerschke of South Milwaukee shot 75-74 and senior Grace Dunn of Brookfield shot 75-76, her two lowest rounds of the season, at Sand Creek Country Club as Drake opened the 54-hole championship by shooting 301-297 and, with a 598 total, grabbing a one stroke lead over Southern Illinois entering Tuesday's final round.

Due to inclement weather Sunday, the teams played two rounds Monday. Gerschke finished the marathon day in a tie for eighth place, three shots behind co-leaders Thilda Staubo of Indiana State and Sydney Eaton of Northern Iowa, while Dunn was tied for 11th at 151.

Former Kettle Moraine High School golfer Abby Cavaiani of Wales, a freshman at Missouri State, shot 75-72 and was tied for third place at 147. Former Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels golfer Lorenza Martinez, a freshman at Loyola-Chicago, had a share of the lead after an opening 72, but struggled to a 79 in the second round and fell into a tie for 11th.

"The leaderboard is really tight and it's still anyone's to win," said Bulldogs coach Rachel Pruett, the architect of building her program into a title contender. "It's going to be fun out there tomorrow and we look forward to competing."

The strong opening day put the Bulldogs in position to win the team's MVC title since the program's start in 2007. The team has finished second or better in the event twice in its history, but not since 2010.

"Whatever happens, I'm so proud of all the work the team has put in and how they have pushed each other to be better," Pruett added.

The Bulldogs' final round starts Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. CT with live results available via Golfstat.com

Team/Player Leaderboard
Sand Creek Country Club - Championship Tees Par: 72 Yardage: 6074
Chesterton, IN US
Apr 15-16, 2019
Click on the round header, (Rd 1, Rd 2, etc), to view previous round data
Pos. Team/Player (seed) Rd 1 Rd 2 Total
1 Drake 301 297 598
T3 Haeri Lee (1) 73 74 147
T8 Aimee Gerschke (3) 75 74 149
T11 Grace Dunn (5) 75 76 151
T19 Kristen Giles (2) 79 74 153
T19 Sigurlaug Run Jonsdottir (4) 78 75 153
2 Southern Illinois 300 299 599
T5 Lilian Klekner-Alt (5) 77 71 148
T11 Moyea Russell (3) 73 78 151
T16 Emilyee McGiles (1) 74 78 152
T16 Jackie Biggs (2) 78 74 152
T16 Erica Kerr (4) 76 76 152
3 Missouri State 301 306 607
T3 Abby Cavaiani (2) 75 72 147
T11 Ashley Childers (4) 72 79 151
T33 Allison Bray (3) 82 75 157
35 Rachel Johnson (1) 78 80 158
T36 Bridget Schulte (5) 76 83 159
T4 Bradley 305 303 608
T5 Taylor Ledwein (1) 75 73 148
T11 Brooke Thompson (3) 76 75 151
T22 Megan Medinger (4) 77 77 154
T25 Elyse Emerzian (5) 77 78 155
T36 Frankie Saban (2) 80 79 159
T4 Loyola 304 304 608
T5 Elayna Bowser (1) 75 73 148
T11 Lorenza Martinez (2) 72 79 151
T19 Morgan Brown (3) 78 75 153
T36 Jenny Myslinski (4) 82 77 159
T43 Abbey Meyers (5) 79 85 164
6 Indiana State 314 295 609
T1 Thilda Staubo (1) 73 73 146
10 Sierra Hargens (2) 77 73 150
T31 Sophie Benetti (3) 82 74 156
T33 Kayla Ryan (4) 82 75 157
T40 Abigail Irwin (5) 84 76 160
7 Northern Iowa 311 301 612
T1 Sydney Eaton (2) 72 74 146
T25 Hannah Bermel (3) 79 76 155
T25 Emily Snelling (4) 82 73 155
T31 Sarah McMichael (1) 78 78 156
49 Anne Gradoville (5) 90 81 171
8 Illinois State 312 314 626
T22 Caitlin Sims (1) 75 79 154
T22 Morgan Savage (3) 79 75 154
T25 Becca Black (2) 76 79 155
42 Tatum King (5) 82 81 163
T47 Paige Seiser (4) 82 86 168
9 Evansville 307 320 627
T8 Sophia Rohleder (1) 74 75 149
T25 Alyssa McMinn (5) 74 81 155
T40 Sydney Anderson (2) 75 85 160
T43 Madison Chaney (3) 84 80 164
50 Lexie Sollman (4) 90 84 174
10 Valparaiso 326 317 643
T25 Tiffany Curtis (3) 78 77 155
T36 Kayla Krueger (2) 81 78 159
T43 Payton Hodson (4) 81 83 164
46 Kylie Shoemake (1) 87 80 167
T47 Shelby Schier (5) 86 82 168