Ben Clanin, 23 Sports

The No. 21 Missouri Tigers men’s golf team took seventh place at this year’s SunTrust Gator Invitational, but senior Hayden Buckley took home his third individual title in his final season in the black and gold. Buckley shot an impressive eight under par, which was just enough to edge out the second-place finisher, who shot seven under par. Buckley kicked off the weekend on par shooting a 70, but he rebounded in the second-round shooting 68, before shooting a 64 in the final round to secure the title. He shot 202 on the par-70 course over the weekend. This is the second year in a row that Mizzou has had a top two finisher in this event, and this is the third tournament in a row that Buckley has shot under 205.

As a team, Mizzou took seventh place in a tough field of opponents, which included the likes of several conference opponents such as No. 4 Vanderbilt, who took the top spot, and the hosting No. 7 Florida Gators, who were runner ups to the Commodores. UCF, North Florida, South Florida, and Liberty also placed ahead of the Tigers.

Freshman Jamie Stewart also continued to impress in his young collegiate career, finishing second for the Tigers and 30th overall in the invitational. Stewart shot under par in his first two rounds, putting up a pair of 69’s. He slipped a bit in the final round, shooting a 75, which put him at a final score of 213. After his performance in Florida, Stewart now ranks second on the team for most rounds shot under par thus far.

Mizzou will hit the links next when they head to the Auburn Tiger Invitational on March 4-6.