Photo courtesy of The Maneater
Erik Kase, 23 Sports Reporter
After finishing tied for second at the Suntrust Gator Invitational, Missouri men’s golf headed down to Auburn to compete in the Tiger Invitational. Missouri was nowhere near contention after the second round, but a rally in the third and final round helped them place third out of 19 teams.
Compared to other tournaments the Tigers have participated in, the Tiger Invitational did not have strong competition. Only one team, the hosting Auburn Tigers, is ranked in the top 25 in the country. Missouri is ranked 33rd in the country according to the NCAA.
Missouri shot a collective 7-under-par 857 over the three-day tournament. This included a final round of 278 that saw them jump five spots up the leaderboard to finish out the tournament. Mizzou has placed in the top three in every tournament they have played in this season.
Leading the Tigers was junior Hayden Buckley of Belden, Mississippi. He struggled in Missouri’s last tournament, but bounced back to shoot 3-under-par 213 over the three days. This included a third-round score of 68, which was the lowest by any Tiger at the event. Buckley tied for 11th in the tournament and has finished in the top 15 in two of his last three events after dealing with injuries the first half of the season.
Other key performers for the Tigers included freshman Rory Franssen of Inverness, Scotland, and senior Linus Lilliedahl of Sandviken, Sweden. Franssen tied with Buckley for 11th place by adding two more rounds shot under-par to his tally. This gives him eight rounds on the season. Lilliedahl finished in third for Mizzou and 18th overall by shooting 216, his fifth top-25 finish in the six events he has competed in.
Auburn won the event with a collective score of 13-under-par 851. Missouri finished one stroke behind the second-place Troy Trojans, who shot eight-under-par 856.
Missouri men’s golf will hit the course again in a few weeks when they head to Awendaw, South Carolina, to compete in The Hootie at Bulls Bay Invitational. The event will be co-hosted by the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina and will take place from March 26-28.