Missouri men’s golf team second at Bluffs Challenge after first day

Tuesday, October 12, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:27 p.m. CDT, Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Missouri men’s golf team is tied with Miami of Ohio for the lead at 1-under after the first day of the Missouri Bluffs Challenge in St. Charles.

The Tigers shot the best score of the afternoon round with a 283.

The Tigers’ lone senior, Justin Bliss, shot a career-best 2-under 69 in the morning round and sophomore John Kelly shot a career-best with a 69 in the afternoon round.

The tournament will conclude today after an 18 hole round at 8 a.m. Missouri has never won its own tournament, finishing second three of the past four years.

WEIGHTLIFTING: Abe Smith won Best Lifter, and Art Tarwater, formerly of Columbia, won “Best Master Lifter” and second place overall at a weight lifting contest on Sunday at Clark’s Gym.

Smith, 23, of Columbia, who weighs 165 pounds, bench pressed 225 pounds, snatched 215 and jerked 265 to win the title.

Tarwater, 63, weighs 131 pounds and bench pressed 110 pounds, snatched 120 and jerked 160. Tarwater has won 20 state lifting titles, starting in 1959 when he was a senior at Hickman. In the masters’ category, he has won 14 national championships and two world titles. He lives in Osage Beach.

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