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Adrian Aguilar, 23 Sports

Wednesday, September 23–

Senior Michelle Butler and Junior Jessica Meek lead the Tigers to their first away tournament victory since 2013 at the Lady Paladin Invitational in Greenville, South Carolina, hosted by Furman University.

The Tigers starting lineup included Michelle Butler, Emma Allen, Clara Young, Jessica Meek and Haelena Schwemmer over the weekend’s tournament.

Mizzou had begun the season strong placing sixth in the Sunflower Invitational hosted by Kansas State at the beginning of September. As a team, the Tigers shot a 3-under-par 285 in the final round. The Tiger’s looked to build on that performance at the Lady Paladin Invitational.

On Sunday, Butler had the second best shooting day of all women shooting a 2-under-par 70. On the other hand, Meek struggled shooting an even-par 72, which was tied for the seventh-lowest score. Allen finished with a 75 (+3) and Schwemmer shot a 76 (+4) to top off the scoring for the Tigers.

To end the first day, the Tigers had a cumulative score of 293 [+5], which was three shots back from the lead and finished fourth out of 17, behind Clemson, New Mexico and Wake Forest.

On Monday, The lady Tigers would move up two spots to be second place overall. This surge was led by the true freshman Allen, who shot a 2-under-par 70 for the highest score of the day for the Tigers. Also Meek bounced back from her first day and added a 1-under 71, including a strong 3 under on the back nine.

Butler continued her strong season with an even-par 72 was in second place individually at 2 under par through 36 holes. “Michelle had another very balanced round,” Coach Priesmeyer said of the senior. “She knocked in a 35-footer for birdie on 18 that lit us up. Jess had a great back nine. She had a lot of opportunities today and really stayed patient, and the birdies came late in the day for her and that was fun to see.”

In regards to the others in the lineup, Priesmeyer included, “Emma was solid from start to finish, and she is a very composed golfer in competition. She has a great demeanor. Clara bounced back from her round yesterday and Haelena stepped up for us in yesterday’s round.”

On Tuesday, Meek and Young both shot an even-par 72. Both Butler and Meek tied for individual runner-ups by shooting a 215[-1] for the tournament, a career best for both athletes.

Also, Allen finished fifth individually and Schwemmer finished at +18 (234) after shooting a final round 78. The Tigers went on to beat 16 other schools, including the host Furman.

Mizzou will host the Johnie Imes Invitational at The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia on Monday, Sept. 28 and Tuesday, Sept. 29. For more information, check out mutigers.com and @MUWomensGolf on Twitter for the latest updates.

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