Mike Wootten gets his first start as a Missouri Tiger next week.
Sept. 26, 2013
Columbia, Mo. - Mizzou Golf will head to Birmingham, Ala., Monday and Tuesday, to participate in the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate tournament.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham and former UAB golfer Graeme McDowell will be co-hosting the event. McDowell, a professional golfer and native of Northern Ireland, is best known for winning the 2010 U.S. Open.
The event will be played at the Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club. The 7,234-yard, par 72 course, has hosted PGA and US Amateur Championships. The Tigers will face tough competition from Florida and North Florida, two teams ranked in the Top 25 in the Coaches Poll. Georgia Southern, Liberty, Memphis, Mississippi, North Texas, Toledo, Tulsa, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Central Florida round out the 12-team tournament field.
Shooting first for the Tigers will be junior Ryan Zech. The Kearney, Mo., native has been impressive in his first two tournament outings. He took second in the Turning Stone Intercollegiate and finished strong at last week's Columbia Regional Preview to take 14th.
Senior Hunter Kraus will be going second for Mizzou. Kraus shot a career-best round of 67 at the Columbia Regional Preview. The Memphis, Tenn., native opened with a slow start at Turning Stone, but is expected to continue his strong play of late and be a key performer early next week.
Emilio Cuartero, a native of Lleida, Spain, is third in the lineup for the Tigers. The senior captain will be coming off of a convincing first place finish at the Columbia Regional Preview. Cuartero now has four first place finishes during his career as a Tiger.
Freshman Euan Walker will be shooting fourth for Mizzou. The native of Scotland has finished in the Top 10 at both tournaments this season. His best finish came at the Columbia Regional Preview where he tied for second.
The final starter for the Tigers is sophomore Mike Wooten. Wooten will be seeing his first action in the starting lineup for the Tigers at Shoal Creek. The Weldon Spring, Mo., native participated in both previous tournaments as an individual and has shown significant improvement on the course over the past few weeks.
The tournament will consist of 54 holes. Thirty-six will be played on Monday, while the final 18 will be played on Tuesday. Play begins at 8 a.m. C.T. and live stats can be found on GolfStat.com. For tournament updates and more information on Mizzou Golf, follow mutigers.com and @MizzouMensGolf.
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