COLLEGE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Sept. 28-Oct. 4
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Kyle Kopsick, Auburn
En route to winning Gary Koch Invitational at Old Memorial GC in Tampa, Fla., the sophomore from Lake Bluff, Ill., broke his school's 18- and 54-hole scoring records. A second-round 63 from Kopsick better the Tigers' previous record of 64 set by Stuart Moore at the 2006 Billy Hitchcock Invitational. A final-round 66 gave him a 15-under 201 total, equaling Jay Moseley's 201 set at the 2007 Jerry Pate Invitational but break the previous best score in relation to par (Mosely's 12-under at the Pate).
"I played with a lot of confidence today," said Kopsick. "I knew I was playing well. There were a lot of birdies out there. I knew i was bound to make some. It was fun. I've worked really hard and it was good to see the results."
Kopsick beat Florida State's Seath Lauer by two strokes.
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Kelli Shean, Arkansas
After opening with a 74 at Colbert Hills GC in Manhattan, Kan., the junior from South Africa shot a 68 and a career-best 67 to finish with a seven-under 209 total to win the Marilyn Smith Sunflower Invitational by five strokes over Tulsa's Kristina Merkle. Making Shean's 54-hole score all the more impressive is that fact that it was more than 36 strokes better than the average three-round score posted in the event. Shean and Merkle were not just the only two players to break par for the tournament but the only two to post better than an 11-over-par score.
"I can't say enough about how she played," said Arkansas women's coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. "This tournament was a window into what she's capable of and to have her win come on this day will be something she always remembers."
It was Shean's first career college victory. Interestingly, on the same day as Shean's victory, her mother celebrated a birthday and her brother welcomed the birth of a child.