Hayden Buckley (Belden, Miss.) brought down more school records as Mizzou Men’s Golf performed admirably at the Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational (Oct. 29-31), laying claim to third place as a squad while Buckley finished as individual runner-up to continue his stellar senior campaign.
The Tigers’ group effort of 40-under-par (270-270-284 — 824) at the Makai Golf Club broke the school record for team low 54-hole round. Mizzou was only bested by Louisville (266-269-273 — 808) and San Diego State (274-274-269 — 817).
Buckley’s sensational second round on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, an 11-under-par 61, set a program record for low individual round, while his 54-hole score of 197 (66-61-70) broke the school record he had tied earlier this month.
“The hard work Hayden has put in for nearly four years at Mizzou is now reflected in the program’s record books,” head coach Mark Leroux said. “Our whole squad is proud of Hayden’s outstanding tournament, as well as our entire group’s effort. To be setting school records while playing against such quality competition says a lot about our team’s focus and approach. What’s even better is every one of our guys knows there is a lot of golf to be played yet this spring. After the winter break, we’ll get it started up for the second half of the season, keeping our eyes set on our goal of getting better every day.”
After tying Mizzou’s all-time low mark for a 54-hole round (199) at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate (Oct. 13-15), Buckley lost very little steam on the flight to Hawaii. Rated 35th nationally as an individual by GolfStat.com, Buckley finished 19-under-par en route to his second-place billing. The performance was his third event placing first or second place, individually, out of four tournaments this season. Buckley has played 10-of-12 rounds under-par thus far in 2017-18.
The Tigers saw two more land in the Top 25 from an individual standpoint, as dynamic freshmen Jamie Stewart (Renfrewshire, Scotland) and Jack Parker (Columbia, Mo.) placed 11th (65-68-72 — 205) and tied for 23rd (68-71-71 — 210), respectively. Stewart’s 11-under-par tournament was a new personal best for the Black & Gold newcomer, along with Parker’s 6-under-par.
Moving down the leaderboard for Mizzou, sophomore Rory Franssen (Inverness, Scotland) tied for 63rd after finishing the Makai event at 1-over-par (76-70-71 — 217). Senior Trevor Ullestad (Jewell, Iowa) turned in a 2-over-par performance (71-73-74 — 218) to tie for 72nd.
Playing as an unattached individual, junior Matt Echelmeier (Columbia, Mo.) tied for 47th with a 2-under-par tournament (73-70-71 — 214). Echelmeier rebounded from an early stroke-above-par round to come in under the bar twice to close the event.
Mizzou is back in action after the winter break at the Suntrust Gator Invitational (Feb. 17-18) in Gainesville, Fla.