Erik Kase, 23 Sports

Monday, February 20—

After three long months, Mizzou men’s golf returned to the links in Gainesville, Florida, as they participated and tied for second in the Suntrust Gator Invitational.

Missouri faced stiff competition in the host of the event, as the University of Florida was ranked second in the country leading up to the tournament. The only other top 25 team in this event was Wake Forest, who is ranked 11th.

The Tigers shot a collective 12-over-par 852 three-day total as a team to tie with Jacksonville. Missouri has played in five tournaments in 2016-17 and have placed in the top three in all of them.

The Tigers were led by standout freshman Rory Franssen of Inverness, Scotland. Franssen placed second overall in the tournament and shot all of his rounds under-par. This included back to back rounds of 2-under-par 68 in the second and third rounds. These scores tied his career-low for an 18-hole round. His collective score of 205 was a low for any Tiger this season in a 54-hole tournament.

Other Tigers who contributed were seniors Linus Lilliedahl and Euan Walker of Troon, Scotland. Lilliedahl shot back-to-back rounds of 70 the last two rounds to place tied for 22nd. Walker carded a three-day total of 218, which placed him tied for 33rd.

The winner of the Suntrust Gator Invitational was the Arkansas Razorbacks, who shot 845, or five-over-par over the course of three rounds. Following Missouri and Jacksonville was Florida, who shot 853.

Missouri men’s golf will look to continue their fantastic play when they travel to Opelika, Alabama, to compete in the Auburn Tiger Invitational from March 5-7.