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Missouri golf in 10th place at SEC Championship

April 18, 2019

The Missouri women’s golf team is tied for 10th place at the end of the first round of the SEC Championship. The team, tied with No. 50 LSU, finished the first 18 holes with an 11-over-par score.

Teeing off at the 10th hole, the Tigers struggled on their first nine, shooting 10 over par as a team and falling towards the bottom of the standings early. Freshman Keagan Dunn was the only golfer to finish at par, while everyone else finished above.

Things began to turn around for the Tigers when they moved to the front nine. Senior Emma Allen sunk two birdies and one bogey to go one under par, while junior Jessica Yuen hit three birdies and bogeys apiece to finish with 36 strokes. Both Yuen and senior Amanda Kim shot birdies to close out the final hole of the day and shift the Tigers to 10th overall.

“It was a pretty good second nine for us today,” Missouri head coach Stephanie Priesmeyer said in a release. “(Allen) was able to string some birdies together and (Yuen) had a nice one on No. 3, and her putt on No. 9 that went down for birdie was pretty sweet. (Kim) had a huge birdie on her final hole too, so we had a lot of positives out there.”

Missouri finds itself just three strokes behind eighth-place Vanderbilt, the country’s No. 4 team, heading into Day 2. If the Tigers can shoot well Thursday, they have a chance of overtaking the Commodores. Doing so and holding that position throughout the third round would secure them a spot in match play Saturday.

However, in order to do so, Missouri will need more from the back end of its lineup. Kim, who teed off third for the Tigers, shot two over par on both the front and back nine to close her first round with a plus-4. Senior Cayce Hendrickson followed her up with a 6 over par showing good for a tie at 60th overall.

Rounding out the lineup is Dunn, who couldn’t replicate the success she had on the back nine and ended up shooting a plus-5 on the day. The par-4 fifth hole was particularly challenging for her, as she took seven strokes to advance.

More consistency throughout the lineup will be key for Missouri’s success, but the golfers will also need to work on where they aim the ball.

“Tomorrow, we have to do a better job of hitting fairways,” Priesmeyer said. “We missed too many today, and too often we were in a tough bunker or in a tree line and that cost us some bogeys.”

Missouri will be able to make their move for eighth place when the second round begins at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Supervising editor is Seth Bodine.