Posted: Oct 2, 2012 3:50 PM
Updated: Oct 2, 2012 9:21 PM
COLUMBIA -- The Mizzou Women's Golf team finished second at the Sixth Annual Johnie Imes Invitational on Tuesday. The tournament, hosted by the Tigers, also included the annual ‘Birdies for a Cure' event to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. While the Tigers recorded the most birdies as a team, SMU took home the title at the Johnie Imes. The team finished the event 12-over par while Missouri scored 21-over par. Kansas State placed third in the tournament with a final tally 24-over par.
Tied for fourth place with Indiana, Florida International put up a final score of 893 (+29). Tania Tare, a senior for FIU, recorded a score of 63 on the final round which stands as a tournament record. The previous 18-hole record (65) was set in 2010 by Victoria Park of Oklahoma State. SMU's Melanie White, who took home the tournament title, also broke the previous 54-hole record for the tournament. Her final score of 208 tops the previous record of 212 set in 2010 by Park and Courtney McKim (Oklahoma State). It was also matched in 2011 By Texas State's Lejan Lewthwaite.
The Tigers played strongly in the third round, recording their best score of the tournament (300-294-291). Freshman Katherine Hepler tallied three birdies in the third round to finish at even par. She tied for seventh place overall in the tournament. Alina Rogers (+4) finished just two strokes behind Hepler to place tenth overall.
Junior Taylor Gohn finished 3-under par in the third round, earning her best tally of the tournament. She recorded five birdies in the final round including two on consecutive holes. She closed the tournament 8-over par to tie for 20th place. Sophomore Laura Kraft added three birdies to the Tigers' total in the third round and finished with a score of 12-over par on the tournament.
Freshman Michelle Butler scored 76-74-80-230 through three rounds to finish in a tie for 42nd overall. Junior Kate Gallagher, who was playing as an individual, scored 8-over par in the third round of play to finish 28-over par at the event. Freshman Haelena Schwemmer finished just one stroke behind Gallagher to tie for 83rd overall. She contributed three birdies to Mizzou's tally in the third round.
Next up, the Tigers will head to Florence, Ind. for the Hoosier Fall Invitational. The event will take place Oct. 13-14.