The Missouri men’s golf team is set to compete in its second-straight tournament in South Carolina, competing in the three-day Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate, beginning on Sunday.
The tournament is set to begin on Sunday morning at 8 a.m. CT with schools teeing off on the first and 10th holes. The second round begins on Monday at 8 a.m. CT before wrapping up the action with 18 holes on Tuesday at 8 a.m. CT.
Joining the No. 47 Tigers on the course are two schools also in the top 50 in No. 40 Purdue and No. 41 East Tennessee State, two SEC foes in Kentucky and South Carolina in addition to College of Charleston, Eastern Kentucky, Furman, Kent State, NC State, New Mexico, VCU, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
The tournament will be held at the Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, South Carolina. The teams are set to play on a par 72 course that measures 7,349 yards.
LAST TIME AT THE HOOTIE
The Tigers finished tied for first one season ago with a team score of -20, matching No. 28 East Tennessee State, No. 29 South Carolina and No. 35 NC State. Both Charlie Crockett (-7) and Jack Lundin (-6) recorded top-10 finishes by placing fifth and seventh, respectively.
Mizzou has played in the Hootie at Bulls Bay in each of the last 10 times the tournament has been held (canceled in 2020) with its -20 and tied for first finish both program bests. The only other time that MU recorded a top-three finish was in 2021 when it placed second overall.
1. Jack Lundin
2. Charlie Crockett
3. Alfons Bondesson
4. Antonio Safa
5. DJ Springer
Individual – Dawson Meek
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING…
Alfons Bondesson on his performance at Colleton River
“Just off the tee, you had to hit it on the fairway to get a good opportunity. From there, I had some good wedges, scored on the par fives and made some putts.”
Charlie Crockett on finishing tied for first last year
“I think it can give us help when we’re struggling or we are playing well. We have confidence in ourselves and we know the golf course. We can expect certain conditions. We can expect how the course will be set up and pin placements. I think it is a settling thing for me personally to know what’s coming.”
Jack Lundin on first tournament of Spring
“We knocked some rust off. It was our first tournament of the year so just getting back into the groove of things and getting back into competition. I think we played well but all of us know that we can play even better.”
Dawson Meek on Bulls Bay Golf Course
“I assume it’s going to be windy because that’s what it was last year and when we played it for the alumni challenge. Just need to stay patient out there and play your game. The fairways are wide and the greens are usually pretty quick.”
Antonio Safa on his first tournament of the Spring season
“You have to treat it like any other tournament. I have played many and it’s just another one. I always say to just go out there and have fun and play my best. That is all that I always try to do.”
DJ Springer on playing the course previously at the Alumni Challenge
“Going into The Hootie, I just feel so much more confident knowing exactly what we’re going to get. We’re expecting a little bit of rain and some wind but that’s expected out there. I think it gives us an edge against the competition. With it being my first year here, I just feel so much more confident knowing I played the course and what I’m getting into.”
Coach Hankins on The Hootie at Bulls Bay
“The Hootie is a tournament that has been on our schedule a long time. We’ve had a couple guys that have played there. We are kind of defending champions as we tied with three other teams. The scores tend to be relatively low but it depends on the weather. It can be really breezy there, rainy or it could be nice. We have to go in there with our eyes wide open and see what we see during our practice round. Try to adapt during the tournament and put up our best score.”
The Tigers are back in action in less than one week’s time when they compete at the Cowboy Classic in Chandler, Arizona, beginning April 3.