Mizzou posts strong finish to regular season

Mizzou posts strong finish to regular season

Justin Bjorseth, 23 Sports Reporter

The Mizzou men’s golf team dominated on their home course Tuesday to win their sixth consecutive hosted tournament in the Tiger Invitational. No other team in the tournament managed to shoot under par, and the Tigers ran away with an 18-stroke victory, good for their second tournament win of the season.

Two Tigers, Hayden Buckley and Linus Lilliedahl, went toe-to-toe throughout the three-day tournament in hopes of grabbing the individual championship honors. Buckley posted the lowest single-day score of any Tiger throughout the tournament when he shot a 67 in the final round. However, this was not enough to force a tie with Lilledahl, whose scores improved each day, including a 68 on Sunday, to capture his first ever individual championship.

The success did not end there. The Tigers took both the fourth and sixth place spots in the tournament as well. A 213 from sophomore Matt Echelmeier and a third consecutive top-10 finish for senior Euan Walker helped bolster the Tigers impressive performance.

Matt’s older brother, Will Echelmeier, ended his career in black and gold by finishing 64th. Fellow senior Jacob Fair took 31st.

It was not just the upperclassman who shined at the final home tournament of the season. Freshmen Rory Franssen took 12th place in the outing, shooting an impressive 219 over the three days.

For the Tigers, the regular season ended the way they hoped. Many golfers, including senior leaders, are playing the best golf of their entire careers. Coach Mark Leroux hopes his team can continue this play heading into the postseason. They will next take the course on Friday, April 21, in Sea Island, Georgia, to begin the SEC Championships.