Missouri Western women’s golf team finished second place at the Avila Spring Invitational this Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. Five of the Griffon golfers were placed in the top-10, including No. 3 Natalie Bird, who finished with a score of 161. Western finished with a team score of 662, just 15 behind top-place Northwest Missouri State, who score a 647. Placing behind the Griffons was host Avila (722), William Jewell (728) and Peru State (765). The successful outing by the Griffons put them in prime position to capture the MIAA Golf Championships, which start Monday, Apr. 16 in Smithville, Mo. In the ten invites the team has been in this year, they have placed No. 1 in two of them -- which include the Bearcat Fall Classic and the Rockhurst Early Bird Tournament. Bird, who was named MIAA Athlete of the Week back in March, has a team-high seven top-10 finishes this season, and averages a score of 83. Western averages a team score of 337. As for the men, Tyler Gast averages just under 77. Four Griffons average underneath a solid 80-score. The men struggled at the Washburn Invite, placing No. 12. They too will be at the Golf Championships too, which will be played at Paradise Pointe Golf Course.