Women’s Golf Team Struggles at Sir Pizza Terrapin Challenge

Tuesday, Feb. 26-

The Missouri women’s golf team was in Florida for the Sir Pizza Terrapin Challenge to start the week, and it seemed as if the Tigers would rather have been on the beach than at the links, finishing a disappointing ninth with a final score of 918, matching their season worst.

The team’s 918 total tied them with former conference rival Kansas, a whole 44 strokes behind tournament champion North Carolina State. It was a relatively consistent two days for the Tigers who carded 304-307-307 over the three rounds.

Freshman Katherine Hepler, who finished 12th overall as an individual, led the way for the Tigers with a 225 despite finishing the tournament with a six-over par 78.

Sophomore Laura Kraft, who only competed as an individual, tied Hepler with a 225 of her own, matching her best 54-hole score in 2013.

As for those who performed as part of the team, sophomore Alina Rogers finished second for Mizzou and tied for 30th overall with her 229. She also had the best singular round among Tigers with a one-under 71 in the second 18 holes.

It was a rough tournament for Taylor Gohn who had been averaging 69 strokes a round heading into Miami Lakes, but shot an upsetting 78-80-76—234 to tie for 50th.

Redshirt Freshman Michelle Butler was right behind her with a 235, tying tie for 54th. And only one stroke back of her with a 236 was junior Ariana Savich. Her 77-82-77 left her tied for 57th.

Mizzou will look to get back on track after its lowest finish of the season. The Tigers will have about two weeks to prepare before they travel to Tucson, Ariz., to participate in the Mountain View Collegiate starting March 15.

-Mike Bonomo
23 Sports
Staff Writer