Golf competes at the Mercedes-Benz Tournament

By Erin Reynolds, 23 Sports

Sunday, Oct. 19-

After taking The Johnie Imes Tournament title, the Missouri women’s golf team continued to continue their momentum when they headed to Knoxville, Tennessee for the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate. The tournament was held at the Cherokee Country Club, which prides itself in its Par 71, 5,870-yard course.

The Tigers took sixth overall, shooting +45 through three rounds. No. 2 South Carolina took the championship, shooting a +13 through three rounds, and grabbing the title for second-best team score in the tournament’s history. Tennessee finished second, followed by Kent State, Louisville, and UCF.

After the first round, the Tigers were tied for 5th in team standings, shooting a 13 over-par and were just 4 strokes back from the top three. No. 33 Kent State led the tournament with a 5-over par first round score. Senior Alina Rogers led Mizzou in the first round, hitting three birdies and finishing the day at an even 71. She finished the first round tied for second place, just one stroke behind Furman’s Taylor Totland.

Coming into Round 2, Missouri was paired with South Carolina and Denver. Rogers was able to hold her second place spot after shooting two solid days of golf.

Sophomore Jess Meek shot a -2 on the last 10 holes in third and final round, allowing her to make Top-10 individually with a 10th place finish. Rogers was able to finish 17th overall, with a final score of 10-over par. Katherine Hepler shot one stroke behind Rogers, placing 22nd in the tournament. Freshman Clara Young and senior Laura Kraft shot 11-over in the third round, placing them 54th and tied for 60th respectively.

South Carolina’s Nanna Madsen finished led all golfers with a score of 1-under, while Tennessee’s Hannah Pietila and South Carolina’s Mary Fran Hillow tied for second with 2-over par scores.

The Missouri women’s golf team will continue play on November 2 in the Jim West Challenge Tournament in San Antonio, Texas.