COMMENTARY: Long Setting the Bar High for Mizzou Golf

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In a team sport, there’s only one team to game plan for and try to beat at a time. In golf, a player is facing dozens of opponents at one time. For Missouri senior golfer Jace Long, though, the result is almost always the same: first place.

A category not mentioned on the scorecard is how large the field of play is at each tournament. As an individual sport, golf is falsely stereotyped as an easier sport to dominate in. For Long, dominance is second nature.

Long currently holds a 3-0 individual record through the first three matches of play this season, earning him a No. 3 individual ranking nationally. His 68.00 scoring average has lit up the scorecards in three matches this season, but believe it or not, the fashion in which he won is even more eye-popping than the results.

There were 13 teams and 73 total players with one goal in mind at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate: winning. Long finished first by a ten-shot margin.

There were 15 teams participating in the Golfweek Conference Challenge from 15 separate conferences and a total of 75 players all contending for the title. Long placed first.

There were 13 teams and 81 total players at the CHAMPS/Patriot Intercollegiate Golf Tournament. Long snagged first again to earn his ninth individual career win as a Tiger, the highest total in Mizzou history.

To open this season, Long earned praise as he shot three consecutive rounds sub-70, totaling 201 for the tournament.

In the following outing, Long finished nine-under par, claiming his second consecutive win of the season.

Long wasn’t done, though. In Missouri’s most recent tournament, Long shot a 67 in the final round to clinch a two-stroke lead over his teammate, Emilio Cuartero, and an individual win.

The Missouri men’s golf team is certainly playing up to par in its first season on Southeastern Conference greens with an impressive No. 14 ranking, spearheaded by Long.

Once is an occurrence, twice is a coincidence, but three times is a trend and Missouri’s Long is showing no signs of slowing down.

Long and the men’s golf team look to continue on their path of success on October 12 at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate in Jonesborough, Tenn.

-Megan Armstrong
Staff Writer
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