MO State HS Sports

Men’s Golf Finishes First at Chicago Highlands Invitational

Jack Lundin

The Missouri men’s golf team claimed its first title of the 2023-24 season, finishing as co-champions of the Chicago Highlands Invitational on Tuesday afternoon. The Tigers finished four-strokes under par on the final hole of the tournament – gaining multiple strokes over nationally-ranked schools in Wake Forest and Virginia – to share the title with the Demon Deacons.

In a tournament that featured three schools in the Bushnell/Golfweek Division I Coaches Poll, the Tigers entered the 54th hole trailing No. 13 Virginia by three strokes and No. 25 Wake Forest by two strokes. With Virginia first three scorers all carding a par and Wake Forest’s adding two birdies, seniors Charlie Crockett (birdie) and Jack Lundin (eagle) brought the Tigers within striking distance by combining to go three-under on the 18th.

With Wake Forest at 31-under and both Virginia and Mizzou at 30-under with the final group on the green, the Tigers’ Virgilio Paz was the lone golfer to finish with a birdie of the trio as Mizzou pulled even with the Demon Deacons to share the title – the first under first-year head coach Glen Millican.

Overall, the team’s 31-under total of 833 ranks as the eighth-best 54-hole score in school history

Lundin led Mizzou by finishing three-under on his final two holes to card a four-under 68 on Tuesday – registering only one bogey to go with three birdies and his eagle on No. 18. The senior recorded his second top-five finish of the season with an 11-under 205 (68-69-68), placing second overall over the three rounds.

Four Tigers, overall, placed in the top 15 of the tournament with three in the top eight. Paz finished off a fifth-place finish – the first top-five of his career – with an even par 72 on Tuesday for a three-round tally of nine-under (68-67-72). Crockett carded a two-under 70 to place eighth at seven-under (68-71-70), leading Mizzou with 14 birdies over the three rounds, including six in the final 18.

Sophomore Alfons Bondesson rounded out the scoring for the Tigers with a three-under 69 on Tuesday, placing 15th individually at four-under (74-69-69).

No. 23 Duke placed fourth as a team at the tournament at 13-under, while College of Charleston was fifth at seven-under.

The Tigers are back in action in one week, competing at the SEC Fall Preview in Birmingham, Alabama, starting on Monday, Sept. 25.

This article is provided by University of Missouri Athletics