GREENVILLE, S.C. – Mizzou Women’s Golf earned its first away tournament victory since 2013 by claiming the Lady Paladin Invitational on Tuesday. The Tigers shot a final round 290 (+2) to win with an 871 (+7) overall score. Senior Michelle Butler(Dunedin, Fla.) and junior Jessica Meek (Carnoustie, Scotland) both tied for runner-up individually by shooting a 215 (-1) for the tournament, which was a career-best finish for both student-athletes.
“We had a great week of preparation and patience with this golf course, and we never talked about winning,” head coach Stephanie Priesmeyer said. “We worked hard at staying in the moment, and sometimes that is very hard when you are playing golf. We are proud of the maturity with which our team played over three days. It is hard to win on the road, and Mindy [Coyle] and I are so excited for this team and this accomplishment. Three players in the top five is quite a feat in this field. We look forward to being at home next week when we host The Johnie.”
Meek and sophomore Clara Young (North Berwick, Scotland) paced Mizzou on Tuesday as both shot even par 72. Butler closed out a stellar tournament by shooting 73 (+1), which was matched by freshman Emma Allen (Southampton, England), who tied for fifth individually with a 218 (+2). Young finished at +12 (228) while seniorHaelena Schwemmer (O’Fallon, Mo.) closed the tournament at +18 (234) after shooting a final round 78.
The Tigers defeated 16 other schools and finished eight shots ahead of host Furman (+15). New Mexico (+19) placed third while Clemson and Wake Forest (+21) tied for fourth. For Mizzou, it marked the first tournament victory away from home since Oct. 22, 2013 at the Pat Bradley Invitational in Sarasota, Florida.
Mizzou will host the Johnie Imes Invitational at The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia on Monday, Sept. 28 and Tuesday, Sept. 29. Keep up with the Tigers by following @MUWomensGolf on Twitter and liking Mizzou Women’s Golf on Facebook.