St. Joseph, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern golf team had a good day on the links today and the Lions are tied for fourth place after 36 holes at the Missouri Western Invitational held at St. Joseph Country Club.
Junior Ryan Buerk turned a four-over in the first 18 to a four-under in the second to finish the day at even par and tied for second place overall. Andrew Maier shot a 74 and a 72 to finish day one tied for 14th with a four-over 146. Ethan Hutcheson shot a 151, while Andy Hogenmiller and Ben Starkey shot a 153 and 154, respectively.
The Lions as a team shot a 298 in the first round and a 292 in the second round, both scores being season lows for the team. Central Oklahoma has a commanding lead after the Bronchos shot a two-under 566 after two rounds. Arkansas Tech is second, 17, strokes back, followed by Washburn, Southern, Central Missouri, Midwestern State, Northeastern State, Pittsburg State, Augustana and Winona State to round out the top ten.
Western was 11th, followed by Rockhurst, Minot State, Minnesota-Crookston, Concordia-St. Paul, Lincoln, Sioux Falls, Bemidji State, Upper Iowa, and Wayne State round out the bottom ten.
The Lions will finish off the tournament with a final 18 holes of golf tomorrow.