Women’s golf ends fall season with seventh place finish

By Matt Weller, 23 Sports

Wednesday, Nov. 5 –

The Missouri women’s golf team concluded their fall season Tuesday with a seventh place finish at the Jim West Challenge in San Antonio.

Sophomore Jess Meek and freshman Clara Young, who each placed in the tournament’s top 20, led the Tigers with scores of 8- and 10-over par respectively.

Meek was the lone top ten finisher for the Tigers, placing 10th after a three round total of 73-75-76–224. The tournament concludes an impressive fall for Meek as she ended the season with three consecutive top-20 finishes.

As a team, Mizzou shot 301-308-311–920 (+56) over the three rounds of play. Their score of 56-over par was 34 shots off the impressive pace of Texas A&M who cruised to a six stroke victory over second place Houston.

The tournament was held at Tapatio Springs Golf Club, a 6,234-yard, Par 72 course, located in San Antonio, Texas. At well over 6,000 yards, the course is one of the longest the Mizzou women have played during the fall season.

Other Tigers with solid performances included senior Alina Rogers, who placed 33rd with a tally of 17-over par. Junior Kat Hepler finished fourth among the Tiger women with a 23-over par score good for 55th place. Senior Laura Kraft struggled for the second straight tournament, with a final score of 246, which was not good enough to place.

Missouri’s inconsistency, a trend that has plagued the team throughout the fall season, appeared again in this tournament. Despite the middle of the pack finish, the Tigers actually scored the fourth most birdies of any team in the tournament this week. However, the Tigers led the tournament in bogies, preventing them from a higher place to close their season.

Missouri showed flashes of potential, especially with underclassmen Meek and Young leading that way, which bode well for the spring season.

The Tigers will open spring play in Tallahassee, FL in February.