Chance Sticklen, 23 Sports

It wasn’t quite a first place finish for the Mizzou men’s golf team on the links last weekend, but the Tigers did manage to come away with their fifth Top-5 finish of the season, posting an eight-under par (856) score, taking solo fifth, just a stroke shy of Ole Miss’s fourth place nine-under par finish.

A duo of young Scottish golfers led the way for the Tiger squad, Rory Franssen (sophomore) and Jamie Stewart (freshman) finished out the tournament tied for 14th place. Similar to the team’s first and third round stellar scores, Franssen also performed well in the first and third rounds, but was unable to capitalize in round two with a 74. On the other hand, Stewart was able to post nice round of four-under par in round three, beating his second round even par score of 72.

Senior Trevor Ullestad tallied a score of 218 over the three days (+2), to finish tied for 30th and third best for the Tigers. This was Ullstad’s first Top-30 finish since beginning the 2017-18 season.

Another senior leader for the Tigers, Hayden Buckley, didn’t necessarily have his best showing at The Hootie, finishing tied for 35th, posting a three-over par through three rounds. Collectively, rounds one and three were Buckley’s strongest, racking up a score of three-under over the two rounds. A subpar six-over par round to close out Tuesday, kept him out of contention.

Rounding out the Tiger pack was junior Matt Echelmeier, who finished just inside the Top-50 (47th overall). After an opening round of 67 on Sunday, Echelmeier found himself at the top of the leaderboard, but was unable to carry that success into rounds two and three, posting back-to-back rounds of 77.

The Tigers will return home where they will compete in the Tiger Invitational, a two day tournament on April 9, a chance for fans to come out before the team prepares for the SEC Championships in Sea Island, Georgia on April 25.