Women’s Golf Rounds Out Fall Campaign in Sin City

Tuesday, Oct. 23-

The Mizzou women’s golf team finished fourth this weekend with a score of 899 (310-297-292) after competing in the three day Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown in Las Vegas.

The Tigers had a rough start in round one of the tournament, finishing the day in tenth place at 22-over par. According to mutigers.com, head coach Stephanie Priesmeyer cites mental errors and course management mistakes as the cause of an uncharacteristically poor start.

Despite the team’s average performance in the first round, freshman Katherine Hepler once again managed to separate herself from the pack. Coming off an eighth place finish at the Hoosier Invitational last weekend, Hepler left day one with a one-over par, tallying four birdies.

Team morale took a turn for the better during round two. The Tigers improved to a tie for sixth place with a score of 297. Conditions on the course started off rough with high winds, but those cleared up later in the morning.

Freshman Michelle Butler managed to improve from her 29th place position in round one to 11th at one-over par. Butler recorded a four-over par score through day one. Despite posting five birdies, Hepler dropped to a tie for 16th place. Taylor Gohn also managed a top-25 finish, tying for 21st with a score of one-over par.

Round three was arguably the best for the Tigers as they finished with a score of 292 for the round and settled in fourth place overall. Mizzou finished just five strokes behind the winner of the tournament, Indiana.

The Tigers displayed impressive individual performances with all women finishing in the top 50, three of which cracked the top 25.

Hepler rallied an incredible comeback, leaving her with a two-under par for round three of the tournament and a tie for sixth place overall. With three birdies for the day, Priesmeyer credits Hepler as one of the potential top freshman in the conference.

Other notable competitors include Butler and Gohn, who each carded three-over par scores of 75 for round three of the tournament. Butler left with a respectable 14th place finish and Gohn tied for 25th.

The tournament marks the end of the fall season for the women’s golf team. Taking a long overdue break, the Tigers will get back on the course when they compete February 10 at the UCF Challenge.

-Sarah Kurzu
23 Sports
Staff Writer