Missouri women's golf struggles on the final day of the SEC Championship

Sunday, April 21, 2013 | 7:34 p.m. CDT

The Missouri women's golf team struggled in its final round of the SEC Championship on Sunday, accumulating the highest round of any team at the 14-team tournament with a 34-over-par total of 322.

After briefly holding the lead during Friday's opening round, the Tigers ended up in last place, finishing 14th at the Greystone Golf & Country Club in Birmingham, Ala.

Canadian native Alina Rogers (78-79-77) was the only Missouri player to shoot in the 70s, overcoming a double-bogey on her second hole of the day to finish in a tie for 34th after a final round 5-over 77.

Freshmen teammates Michelle Butler (78-80-82) and Katherine Hepler (79-81-80) finished in a tie for 54th with a three-day total of 24-over 240 as Missouri (312-321-322) failed to capitalize on a solid opening round that had the Tigers in a tie for eighth after 18 holes.

As a result of its poor finish, Missouri will likely miss out on postseason play in the NCAA Tournament. Entering the weekend, the Tigers were 62nd in Golfstat's rankings, a large part of the criteria used by the NCAA Tournament selection committee to fill out the 68-team field for the regional sites.

Coach Stephanie Priesmeyer thought Missouri was "squarely on the bubble" and had to beat "a pretty good number of teams, or maybe score a top-five" to get into the NCAA Tournament.

The Tigers find out their postseason fate for the NCAA Regionals, which will be held May 9-11, sometime during the next week.

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