Missouri golf off to hot start at Tiger Invitational

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The Missouri menís golf team used every bit of its home-course advantage to put itself in second place at the Tiger Invitational after the first day of play Monday at The Club at Old Hawthorne.

The Tigers shot a stellar 27 under par through two rounds of play and set a team record for fewest strokes after 36 holes in their invitational. They trail No. 35 TCU by just five strokes.

Sophomore Jamie Stewart led his team with a minus-nine and is tied for third place overall. He shot a four under par in the first round and only got hotter in the second, shooting a minus-one through the front nine and a minus-four on the back nine.

Senior Matt Echelmeier, playing in his last regular-season invitational as a Tiger, is tied for ninth overall after shooting nine under par and sinking four birdies on the back nine. His score and ranking are tied with fellow teammate Rory Franssen, who now has 14 rounds on the season of shooting 70 or under.

Rounding out the teamís lineup, junior Ricky Sanders and redshirt senior Luigi Botta both ended the day at five under par and tied for 13th overall. Sanders shot a career-best 136 through 36 holes, while Botta has the chance to close out his collegiate career shooting under par for the first time at a tournament.

Individuals Tommy Boone and Jack Parker had decent days as well. Boone finished with a plus-five while Parker shot three over par. The front nine of the second round gave Parker trouble as he finished it with a plus-four. However, he improved on the back nine and shot a minus-two.

The final round of the two-day invitational is set to begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Supervising editor is Seth Bodine: sports@columbiamissourian.com, 882-5730.

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