Against Tough Field, Golf Team Takes 13th in Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown

Wednesday, Oct. 26 –

Throughout the fall, the Missouri women’s golf team participated in several tournaments across the midwest in preparation for their hardest, and final test of the semester: The Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, a three-day event that wrapped up Wednesday in Boulder City, Nev.

The Tigers had the daunting task of facing five of the top 50 teams in the nation, including Big 12 foe Oklahoma. And despite the difficult field of 18, Mizzou fared respectably well, finishing 13th.

Sophomore Taylor Gohn led the team, as she finished tied for 31st in the individual field of 88 with a 10-over par total. Gohn finished her fall season strong and proved that she would not experience a sophomore slump after earning Big 12 Conference All-Tournament honors as a freshman. She was the only Tiger to post a round below 74 in the invitational, shooting an even-par 72 in the opening round.

In addition, sophomore Kate Gallagher proved to be the most consistent over the three rounds. She led the team with a five-over-par 77 in the final round after firing a 77 and 78 in the opening two days of the invitational.

The University of California-Davis, ranked 21st in the nation, ran away with the title. They shot a scintillating five-over-par as a team to win by 15 strokes and finished 50 shots better than Mizzou. The only other Big 12 team participating in the invitational, Oklahoma, finished fourth, 21 shots behind the leaders.

The Tigers will now have all winter to prepare for their next tournament: They travel to Victoria, Texas, to take part in the Texas State Claude Jacobs Invitational, which will be played Feb. 18 and 19.

– Ben Wilson
23 Sports
Staff Writer