Men's Golf Concludes Regular Season with Fourth Place Tournament Finish
Men's Golf finishes in fourth as Mitch Mather and Mark Karlsen set new career lows.
Men's Golf finishes in fourth as Mitch Mather and Mark Karlsen set new career lows.

April 15, 2014

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OLD HICKORY, Tenn. – The Missouri State men’s golf team finished in fourth place in the final regular season tournament of the year after shooting 295-286-304—885 in three rounds at the TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate.

The team score of 885 is the second best of the year for the Bears, with only February’s Snowman Getaway slightly lower at 876. The fourth place finish is also second best on the season, behind the second place finish at the John Dallio Memorial.

It was tough scoring conditions today, the guys battled pretty hard out there,” said head coach Neal Stafford.  “The team has been progressing all spring. We felt coming into this week we would have a good chance to win and came up a little short of that goal.  We will keep working and looking forward to the Valley at TPC Deere Run.

UT Martin held and maintained their lead from the beginning to win the fourteen-school intercollegiate with the score of 285-281-304—870.

Missouri Valley Conference opponent Southern Illinois (290-278-307—875) placed second and Belmont (289-292-303—884) rounds out the top-three.

Individually, the Bears set two new career tournament lows for sophomore Mitch Mather and junior Mark Karlsen, as well as a season low for sophomore Joey Johnson.



Mather, who shot an impressive 70-68-77—215, finished the tournament under par for the first time in his Missouri State career, placing in a tie for second with SIU’s Caleb Harms (69-69-77—215). Mather’s previously low was bested by four strokes. The Lebanon, Mo. native had never finished higher than 11th in a collegiate tournament before Tuesday.

“Mitch was really solid this week, he has made some adjustments with his golf swing that are paying off, and putted with a lot of confidence,” said Stafford.

Johnson also recorded a top-10 finish for the Bears. The Ozark, Mo. product tied for ninth for a third consecutive time this season.  Johnson’s 73-71-75—219 is two strokes less than his previous low mark for 2013-14, which he had set in two tournaments this season.

Nick Langley (74-72-78—224) tied for 27th and Brik Brauburger (78-77-76—231) finished in a tie for 54th. Eric Straub’s first round was DQ due to a scorecard error, but finished the tournament with rounds of 75-76.

Mark Karlsen, who competed as an individual, recorded a 72-71-77-220, which marks a new career low for both total tournament score and individual round. Karlsen finished the Big Blue Intercollegiate tied for 12th, the best of all golfers competing as individuals.

UT Martin’s Brendon Caballero won the tournament by five strokes with his 69-67-74—210.

The Missouri Valley Conference Championship begins on April 28th in Silvis, Ill.

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