Men’s Golf Earns 7th, Women 14th at SEC Championships

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Both the men’s and women’s golf teams participated in their first ever SEC Championship this weekend, but, unfortunately, neither squad fared very well in their respected tournaments. The men made a late push to place seventh in their tournament while the women ended with a 14th place finish.

The 2013 SEC men’s golf championship was played on the par 70 Seaside Course at the Sea Island Golf Club. Missouri entered the weekend’s championship as the No. 32 team in the nation, making them one of 12 nationally ranked programs competing over the weekend.

After the first round of play, it was junior Hunter Kraus leading the way for the Tigers with an opening-round 71. Meanwhile, Emilio Cuartero was consistent as always with a 3-over par 73 in the first round. Their valiant efforts paved the way for a 292 first round score for Mizzou.

The No. 19 Auburn Tigers held the lead after the first day with an opening round 275, four strokes ahead of the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Mizzou maintained its ninth place position after the second round of play behind strong rounds from both Cuartero and Kraus once again.

Cuartero shot an even-par 70 to make him the top Tiger for the day and send him into the 19th overall place among individuals. Kraus fell two shots back of Cuartero after his second round 74.

In the final round of play, Kraus and sophomore Ryan Zech each shot 1-over par 71 to catapult Mizzou to a seventh place finish. Kraus finished the weekend as the Tigers top man and as the 17th best individual overall. Missouri ended with a 35-over par, 875 as No. 2 Alabama edged South Carolina by two shots to take the championship.

The 2013 SEC women’s golf championship took place at the Greystone Gold and Country Club in Birmingham, Ala.
After day one of the tournament, the squad sat in a tie for the eighth position with a 24-over par, 312 first round.

The second round of play was a bit troubling for the Tigers as they carded a 321, dropping them to a tie for 12th place. They followed this performance with a final round 322.
Sophomore Alina Rogers led Mizzou throughout the weekend with a solid 18-over par, 234 effort.

The Missouri men’s golf squad will now await its postseason fate. NCAA regional play will start on May 16 with the selection announcement being made on May 6. The women’s selection show is on April 29 with the NCAA regional beginning May 9.

-Logan McKee
Staff Writer
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