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Mustang Hoofprints: May 3

May 3, 2012
By Chris Hmielewski , Marshall Independent

Hello Mustang Fans!

Today is the last day of finals on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University. The academic and athletic year has flown by and it is hard to believe we are nearing the end of the spring athletic season. The Mustang baseball and women's golf teams are still competing this weekend.

The SMSU graduation ceremony will be conducted at 10 a.m. this Saturday in the R/A Facility. It is a special day for the entire campus as we celebrate with our graduates who walk across the stage and receive their SMSU diploma. Congratulations to all of our 2012 graduates and best wishes as you begin your professional career!

The next Mustang Booster Club event will be the David and Carol Drown SMSU Golf Classic. 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.

Fact Box

Hoofprints Trivia Question

Who was the last SMSU women's golfer to qualify to compete in the NCAA Women's Golf National Championships?

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

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

Upcoming Schedule of Events for Mustang Athletics:

The SMSU baseball team (22-23 overall, 12-18 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) dropped to 10th place in the NSIC regular season standings after its doubleheader with Bemidji State, losing 8-1 and 15-8 on Tuesday. The Mustangs head into this weekend's series against the Minnesota-Crookston having to win all four games and needing Upper Iowa, Concordia-St. Paul, Bemidji State and Minnesota-Duluth all to lose in their final games of the regular season to have an opportunity to qualify for the NSIC baseball tournament. It is an important home stand for Southwest at Alumni Field on Saturday and Sunday, with both doubleheaders starting at noon. Come out to Alumni Field this weekend and cheer the Mustangs on to victory!

The SMSU women's golf team will compete at the 2012 NCAA Central Region Championship on Sunday at Sierra del Rio Golf Club in Elephant Butte, N.M., hosted by Western New Mexico University.

SMSU, seeded No. 7 in the nine-team field, is making its fourth straight NCAA appearance and ninth all-time since the program started in 1997. The Mustangs will begin the three-round, 54-hole tournament on Sunday, teeing off at 2:20 p.m. Round 2 takes place on Monday, starting at 9:50 a.m., with the final round on Tuesday, also starting at 9:50 a.m. CDT.

The top three teams and the top three individuals not from the three top teams qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championship on May 16-19, at Persimmon Ridge C.C. in Louisville, Ky.

Augustana earned the region's No. 1 seed with Minnesota State-Mankato seeded second, followed by Colorado-Mesa, Concordia-St. Paul and Colorado State-Pueblo rounding out the top five. Western New Mexico was seeded sixth, followed by SMSU, Winona State and Adams State (Colo.).

SMSU's highest finish in a region tournament was third place in 2004. SMSU has also finished fourth three times (2002, 2005, 2006), seventh three times (2009, 2010, 2011) and sixth once (2003).

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: What Mustang baseball pitcher holds the record for career saves? BJ Richter holds the record, recording 17 saves as a Mustang.



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