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Team Missouri in second place at Southern Jr. Cup

Team Missouri in second place at Southern Jr. Cup

July 31st, 2019 by News Tribune in Sports Prep

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. — Team Missouri is in second place after the first day of the Southern Junior Cup at Willow Point Golf and Country Club.

Alabama holds a commanding lead with 15.5 points, while Missouri is second in the Ryder Cup-style tournament with seven points. Mississippi is third with 4.5 points.

Arkansas did not field a team this summer in what is typically a four-state event.

Missouri and Alabama were tied after Tuesday morning's four-ball matches with four points each. In Tuesday afternoon's foursome matches, Alabama won 11 of its 12 matches, halving the 12th match to build an 8.5-point lead.

Alex Gentry and Greta Hinds, both of Jefferson City, combined to finish with a 2-4 record Tuesday.

Gentry, who was paired with Nicole Rallo of Wentzville, opened the two-day tournament with a 6-and-4 win against Mississippi's Connor McKelroy and Ella Cress in four-ball, taking eight of the 14 holes played. Hinds, paired with Zach Unnerstall of Washington, suffered a 3-and-1 defeat to Alabama's Austin Coggin and Lauren Gilchrist.

In foursome play, Gentry and Rallo finished 1-1. The pairing won 3-and-1 against Mississippi's Hunter Bell and Avery Weed, but they lost 5-and-4 to Alabama's Jones Free and Michaela Morard.

Hinds and Unnerstall finished 0-1-1. They halved their 18 holes against Mississippi's Tate Dickerson and Icie Cockerham, but lost 2-up to Alabama's Harrison Davis and Erika Allen.

The Southern Junior Cup concludes today with singles play.

Hinds will tee off at 7:30 a.m. on hole No. 1, facing Gilchrist and Cockerham in the first of the 12 groupings.

Gentry will be in the final group that tees off at 8:30 a.m. on hole No. 10, competing against Davis and Mississippi's Connor Gee.