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Missouri women’s golf begins spring season

February 19, 2019

With winter in the rearview mirror, golf season is beginning to heat up. The fall portion has come and gone, and teams will now be looking at their last few matches before tournament play begins.

The Missouri women’s golf team began the second half of its season with a sixth-place finish over the weekend in the Lake Oconee Invitational at Mercer University.

The Tigers, who were ranked No. 55 in the Golf Stat team rankings heading in, earned their fourth straight finish in the top-10 on Sunday. They closed out the invitational 49 strokes above par and were led by senior Amanda Kim, who ended her weekend with a career-best even-par 72 and finished five above par. Her total score of 221 strokes had her tied for seventh place and was her best ranking as a Tiger. She was only eight shots away from earning a medalist position.

MU went 303-310-300 over the course of the weekend and had a chance to finish higher if it could have lowered its shot count in the second round. The Tigers finished six strokes ahead of fifth-place Chattanooga, but moved up one spot on Sunday after holding seventh place two rounds in.

Missouri has three invitationals remaining during this spring season before the SEC Championship and NCAA Tournament. First, it’ll visit Westbrook, Arizona, for the Westbrook Invitational on Sunday. Following that, the Tigers play in the Mountainview Collegiate and Bruzzy Challenge in Tucson, Arizona, and Dallas, respectively.

Having finished seventh, seventh, and sixth in their past three invitationals, the Tigers will need to tighten up their game in these closing months if they want to make a run for the NCAA Championship. They have only finished in first place once this season — at the start of October — and won’t get far if they can’t reduce their shot count. Luckily for the team, they have a few months to hone their skills.

Supervising editor is Reed Koutelas.