Chance Sticklen, 23 Sports

It had been exactly twelve days since the Mizzou mens golf team had seen the links ahead of this years Tiger Invitational. Over a two day stretch on Monday and Tuesday, the squad captured their second consecutive title at the invite, posting a -25 under par score (839), 11 strokes clear of the second place finisher, Kansas State. The Tigers also earned their third event title of the 2017-18 season.

The weather definitely determined the pace of the tournament, as players were forced to stop midway through their second rounds. As a result, players were forced to complete rounds two and three on Tuesday, teeing it up early at 8 a.m.

Despite the nasty weather, the team kept their composure together through the final round, tallying up a new Tiger Invitational 54-hole record of 7-under, surpassing their previous record of 852, set back in 2013.

Although the weather did mess up the schedule of play, it didn’t stop the senior leadership backed by Hayden Buckley who recorded a 12-under (204) par score, exceeding the individual tournament record by four strokes, to take solo first. The senior came out firing in round one, racking up a 65. Not only was his 65 impressive, Buckley also holed out from the fairway on the 18th hole, scoring an eagle, a play which was featured as a SportsCenter Top-10 Play that same day. After back-to-back rounds (one and two), Buckley capped off his final round with an additional under par round, finishing five strokes ahead of second place.

Buckley was not the only Tiger showing out. Freshman Jamie Stewart also finished inside the Top-5 (T2), after an outstanding performance in his final round. Heading into the final round, Stewart found himself T-10th (-2), but thanks to a hot 5-under finish in round three, the freshman climbed eight spots on the leaderboard. Stewart’s 67 was his second-lowest score of his career as a Tiger.

Along with Buckley and Stewart, the Tigers also grabbed eighth (Rory Franssen: -4) and rounding out the Top-10 for the Tigers were Jack Parker, Trevor Ullestead and Matt Echelmeier who each finished T9 at three-under par.

Mizzou moves to 3-0 on the season. The Tigers will begin preparation for the SEC Touranament, which is scheduled to tee of on April 25 in Sea Island, Georgia.