Freshmen Have Career Days in Final Round of Snowman Getaway
Feb. 26, 2013
Joey Johnson and Mitch Mather matched that total as they carded 68 and 69, respectively, in the final round of the two-day tournament.
Tying for the lowest 18-hole total of the tournament (280), Missouri State jumped ahead of Kansas State and SIU Edwardsville with Tuesday's best round by four strokes. Improving each round at the Palm Valley Golf Club, the Bears set a new three-round low for the 2012-13 season with a 298-296-280--874.
Freshman Joey Johnson recorded the second-best round of any golfer on Tuesday with a 4-under-68, one stroke below his MSU career best. The freshman from Ozark, Mo. totaled seven birdies on the day to finish the Getaway at 74-72-68--214. Heading into the final round, Johnson was tied for 28th, but made an impressive move up the rankings into sixth place.
Missouri State's second-highest finisher was redshirt junior Eric Straub, who carded a consistent 74-73-73--220. Highlighting his Tuesday performance was an eagle on Hole 2 (par-5, 540 yards). He finished in a tie for 30th overall and moved up two spots from Monday's standings.
After leading the Bears throughout the first two rounds, veteran Daily Young finished Tuesday with a 5-over-77. For the tournament, Young fell to 39th place (72-73-77--222).
Another young talent that stepped up on the final day of competition was freshman Mitch Mather. The local, Lebanon, Mo. product registered a 3-under-69, a nine-stroke improvement from his previous rounds in Arizona. Mather tied for 55th in the 88-man field.
Rounding out the Bears' freshman group was Brik Brauburger, who posted a 2-under-70. His previous low-round was a 74 in Missouri State's season opener at the Fairway Club Invitational in Nebraska City, Neb. Brauburger finished the two-day tourney in a tie for 65th with a 78-80-70--228.
No. 26 Missouri took home the team title with a 280-285-288--853. Rounding out the top five in the team standings were host Washington State (860), Utah Valley (865), UMKC (868) and Air Force (870). Mizzou's Jace Long and WSU's Michael Anderson tied for top honors at -7 (209).
Next up for the Bears is a trip to Choudrant, La. for the Argent Financial Classic, March 11-12.