Sunday, March 12, 2017

Another good performance for Missouri by

freshman Rory Franssen

OPELIKA, Alabama - For the second straight tournament, Missouri University (Mizzou) men's golf team staged a late rally to vault up the team leaderboard, securing a third-place finish at the Auburn Tiger Invitational on the Grand National Lake Course on Monday, March 6.
Head coach Mark Leroux's squad (280-299-278 -- 857) worked its way up five spots during the final round to secure third place, with all six of Mizzou's completed events in the 2016-17 season seeing the Black and Gold inside the top-3. Mizzou's third round 278 was nearly enough to catch Troy, who finished just a stroke ahead of the Tigers as team runners-up.
After a tough outing in Gainesville, Florida, junior Hayden Buckley (Belden, Mississippi.) bounced back, shooting a 3-under-par tournament (72-73-68 -- 213) to finish tied for 11th.
Buckley keyed the Tigers' comeback bid, as his third-round 68 was the lowest by any Tiger at the event, while also being the second best 18-hole round he has played this year.
Tied with Buckley in the 11th individual slot was freshman Rory Franssen from Inverness. The Nairn Golf Club member, pictured above, has played excellent golf for the Tigers in back-to-back events. The freshman followed the 205 he shot in finishing second at the Gator Invitational with a 213 (70-72-71), adding two more rounds under-par to his tally, giving him eight for the season.
Franssen now only trails senior stand-outs Linus Lilliedahl (Sandviken, Sweden) and Euan Walker fromTroon in that category.
Franssen has shown progress in a big way for coach Leroux in the spring, shooting both of his best scores and registering both of his best finishes in his last two events.

Finishing in the final spot for Mizzou was Euan Walker, pictured left, who bogged himself down early with season high rounds of 80 and 78 in his first two rounds played at the event. Just when it looked like he was down and out, the senior leader showed his value, as his final round 69 was critical in the Tigers' late rally.
Mizzou was as low as eighth throughout the final round, but finished third, due in part to the superb play of Walker down the stretch.
The Tigers hit the course again when they head to Awendaw, South Carolina, to compete in The Hootie at Bulls Bay Invitational (March 26-March 28). 
For all the latest on Mizzou Men's Golf, stay tuned to or follow the program on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@MizzouMensGolf).

Hamish Gorn  from Dunfermline finishes third

at Springfield, Missouri

Marshall, Missouri (March 10) - The Missouri Valley College men’s golf team took part in the Evangel Spring Invite on Friday  at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Missouri. The teams played two rounds Friday. 
Missouri Valley had six individuals finish in the top 10, while the Vikings took the top two team spots.
Leading the Viking golf teams was third-year student Grant Numrich (Red Deer, Canada), who finished with a +2 (146), to win the tournament by four strokes.  Numrich shot a +1 (73) in each round. 
Placing third overall was second-year student Hamish Gorn from Dunfermline. He shot +7 151, including a level par score of 72 in the second round.  Senior Kaz Sakai (Palm Desert, Calif.) placed fifth, with a +9 (153), including an E (72) in the second round. 
The other top ten finishers for Missouri Valley included two Englishmen, sophomore Max Rogers (Congleton) and freshman Robert Cull (Liverpool).

As a team, the Missouri Valley “A” team shot a two-round total of +32 (608) to capture first place.  The Missouri Valley “B” team shot a +36 (612) to finish second.

Next for the Viking men’s and women’s golf teams is the Central Bible (Arkansas) College Invite, set for March 20-21 at the Country Club of Arkansas in Maumelle, Ark.



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