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Thomas Maurer, 23 Sports

Wednesday, February 10-

The No. 23 University of Missouri women’s golf team rounded up the three-day UCF Challenge Tuesday in Orlando, Florida. A strong performance by the team resulted in a third place finish, shooting 26-over. They finished only five shots behind the tournament champion Houston.

The Tigers started off strong on Sunday as they shot an overall 301 (+13). Senior Michelle Butler led the team as she was tied for first with a score of 1-under.

Their play continued to get better as the tournament went on. On Monday, they shot an overall score of 283 (-5). This was the team’s sixth-lowest score in team history. It actually gave the team the sole possession of first place.

Freshman Amanda Kim played outstanding as she led the team with a career-low score of 69 (-3). She avoided bogeys the entire round and was the team’s MVP for Monday.

Butler was not far behind Kim in terms of quality of play as she was still tied individually for first place with a total score of 2-under.

Going in to the final day with a three-stroke lead, the Tigers did not finish well. The team had a tough time knocking down some birdies and gaining some momentum throughout.

They shot an ugly 306 (+18) for the round and dropped down to third place.

Butler finished as the runner-up, shooting an even par 216 for the tournament.

The Tigers are currently on top of their game, as the team has finished in the top-five in four of their six tournaments this season.

They look to continue their fine play this Friday as they travel to Tallahassee, Florida, for the three-day Florida State Matchup.

For more live updates and information keep it here at mutv.missouri.edu or follow them @MUWomensGolf.

Photo courtesy of www.mutigers.com.