Sunday, October 09, 2016

Scots Euan Walker and Rory Franssen play 

very well for Missouri

VALENTINE, Nebraska - After a hard-fought last round, Mizzou (Missouri University) Men's Golf came away from The Jackrabbit Invitational as team runners-up, nearly downing No. 13 Clemson on the final day at The Prairie Club. 

Trailing Clemson by seven strokes going into the third round of play on the Dunes Course, head coach Mark Leroux's group mounted a tremendous comeback, tying the leaders with just six holes to go.

Led by final-year student  Euan Walker  (pictured) from Troon,  Scotland and his strong play, the Tigers eventually yielded to Clemson down the home stretch to come up just short of winning a second consecutive team trophy to start the USA college season.
The tight team finish was sparked by a handful of great individual Mizzou performances, especially by Walker. Coming off a Turning Stone tournament, in which he tied for the team lead and nabbed a third-place overall finish, it seemed improbable that Walker would better himself at the Jackrabbit. 
But the Scot from Ayrshire did just that, shooting a 7-under-par tournament score of 209 (68-71-70) for a new college career low. Walker's play marked the first time in his career that he shot every round in the same tournament under-par. 
He again paced Mizzou's traveling roster, and his second-place overall finish at the Jackrabbit matches his career best.  With two quality showings under his belt this season, Walker's talent is on full display.  

Though he competed as an unattached individual, freshman Rory Franssen (pictured) from Inverness put on a very good show. He tied  for eighth overall at three-under-par (68-71-74 -- 213). His round of 68 was the lowest of his young college career, and tied Walker for the lowest single round shot by any Tiger at the event. 
Franssen finished inside the top-10 for the first time in his US college career, even though his score was not counted to Mizzou's final team score. Like Ullestad, Franssen has been a very effective plug-and-play option for Leroux. 
The tournament was originally scheduled for three days, but was shortened to two days after extreme winds forced play to be called off on the Sunday.
The Tigers are back in action at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate in Jonesborough, Tennessee, from Oct. 14-16, hosted by East Tennessee State..



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