Lauren Michelson, 23 sports

Mizzou finished the Auburn Tiger Invitational on Tuesday, finishing eight-shots better than day one of play. The Missouri Tigers placed 13th overall, ending with a tournament total of 29-over par, 893 (301-299-293). Winning the event by nine strokes was the host, Auburn. Auburn was also one of two teams to finish under-par at the invitational.

Sophomore Jamie Stewart’s streak of ending up in the top-20 finishes came to a close, yet he still remains the SEC’s record holder for most birdies made this season after his play at Auburn. He finished tied for 25th with a total score of four-over par (76-70-74-220), including 11 birdies, with six in his final round. Up next was Rory Franssen, who racked up the only eagle among the Tigers this week. Similar to Stewart, Franssen tied for 35th with a total score of six-over par 222 (75-73-74) displaying his consistent action throughout the tournament.

Senior Matt Echelmeier had a fairly slow start but followed up with the lowest final round score for Mizzou’s lineup with a one-under-par 71. Echelmeier was truly fired up in his final seven, scoring four birdies in a row to finish three-under par (33) on his back nine. The senior ended the tournament tied for 43rd with a total score of nine birdies and eight-over par 224 (77-76-71).

Freshman Tommy Boone played as an unattached individual and finished the tournament tied in the fourth place slot alongside senior Luigi Botta. After pushing through a rough start, Boone improved each day and recorded both his low 54-hole tournament total and 18-hole total. He ended the tournament strong, clocking 2-under (34) on his back nine to card one-under par 71 for the day and a tournament total of 11-over par 227 (81-75-71).

Starting and ending the tournament, Botta fired a low score for the Tigers on the first 18 holes with a 1-over par 73. The senior ended up with a tournament total of 11-over par 227 (73-80-74). Taking the last competitive spot for the Tigers was junior Ricky Sanders, who racked up a 236 (80-81-75) to finish 77th overall.

Next up Mizzou continues their spring season at the Grand Canyon University Invitational in Phoenix, Arizona, from March 15-16.