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Erik Kase, 23 Sports Reporter
After a fifth-place finish in their last tournament, the Missouri women’s golf team traveled to Tucson, Arizona, to co-host the Mountain View Collegiate. Missouri struggled to find their rhythm and ended the tournament tied for sixth place with the other co-host, Kansas State.
The Tigers faced stiff competition, as Arizona and Oklahoma are both ranked in the top 25 teams in the country.
Missouri shot a collective 24-over-par 888 over the course of the three-day tournament. The lowest round they shot was an opening round score of 292, which missed out on the top five by nine strokes.
The Tigers were led by sophomore Emma Allen of Southampton, England. She finished the tournament at 4-over-par with a score of 220. Allen started off hot by carding a first round 3-under-par 69, but couldn’t maintain the momentum and shot scores of 77 and 74 in the final two rounds to finish tied for 16th individually.
Other top finishers for Mizzou included freshman Jess Yuen and junior Clara Young. Yuen used a strong final round score of 2-under-par 70 to push her way into a tie for 20th place individually. Her final round was one of only three played under par by the Tigers all weekend. Clara Young played consistent golf all weekend and shot 9-over-par 225, placing her in a tie for 39th overall.
The winner of the Mountain View Collegiate was Arizona, who completely dominated the competition. Arizona shot 14-under-par 850 to set a new team tournament record. New Mexico State finished in second place while Houston finished in third.
Arizona also produced the individual winner as Wanasa Zhou shot 7-under 65 in both the first and second rounds before finishing with a final round 73 to shoot 13-under-par.
Missouri will look to turn things around in two weeks when they head to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to compete in the LSU Tiger Classic. The tournament starts on March 24 and ends on March 26.