ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — After sitting a shot off the lead heading into day two of competition, Morgan Brasser escaped with the individual title at the Holiday Inn Express Classic at St. Joseph Country Club, a par-72 venue She shot a first round 2 on par 74, then backed that up with an impressive par 72 to win the tournament by five strokes. She helped the Tigers finish fifth as a team.
Rogers State’s Jessica Green led the tournament to 1-over through after the first round. Brasser held the lead for much of the first lap before Green slipped to the top near the end of the competition on Monday. On day two, Brasser asserted her presence by going 2-under on her first four holes, finished her first nine at 1 under, then finally settled into par by shooting 1 on the back nine. Green couldn’t find a birdie in a front nine-to-4 overhand, then slid even further with a double bogey on her 12th hole of the day and fired 6-over for the round to end at +7 overall.
The rest of the field was unchallenged as Brasser and Green were the only two inside +12 overall. Apart from Green, Brasser was 10 strokes ahead of the rest of the pack. Brasser finished the tournament with eight birdies, eight bogeys and a double bogey. Other than that, she was a normal machine with 19 on both laps. His eight birdies were the best of any golfer on the course.
Kerrigan Rudolph shot 88 in the first round and 85 in the second round to finish tied for 40th. Shauna Lee shot rounds 93 and 82 to finish tied for 48th. Kira Mestl had rounds of 90 and 85 to tie Lee for 48th. Lexie Ridder shot 101 and 86 to finish 65th.
Brasser’s strong individual performance anchored the FHSU women’s fifth-place finish out of 13 competing teams at +93. Rogers State, ranked 20th nationally, won the tournament with +51, while Missouri Western was second with +78. Wayne State was third with +88 and Iowa Central Community College was a shot behind with +89.
The Tigers will play their next two tournaments at Sand Creek Station in Newton, Kansas. The Tigers will be there April 4-5 at the Newman Invitational, then April 21-23 the course will be the site of the MIAA Championships.