Long Earns Medalist Honors, Mizzou Golf Wins Snowman Getaway

Tuesday, Feb. 26-

A Mizzou team that is commonly overlooked is the Tiger men’s golf squad. Many people underestimate them, which is a mistake from the beginning. Missouri proved that as the Tigers traveled to Goodyear, Ariz., for the Washington State Snowman Getaway for a two-day tournament.

Missouri got off to a hot start on day one. Four players landed themselves among the top 20 on the leaderboard going into the final 18 holes, including senior Jace Long (67-72—139) and sophomore Ryan Zech (72-67—139) tied for second behind the leader, Michael Anderson (71-65—136) of Washington State.

Two others that didn’t go unnoticed were Jacob Fair and Emilio Cuartero. Cuartero, who is coming off a win at The Farms Collegiate, shot 70-74-144 and tied for 17th. Fair stood in 12th after shooting 71-72-143.

Brad Moody carded a 76-80-156 while Hunter Kraus competed as an individual, shooting 70-71—141, and tied for eighth.

As day one came to an end, Missouri was in the lead with a team total of 280-285—565.

The second day of competition rolled around and the Tigers didn’t let up. Everyone ended with great positions as Cuartero, Zech and Fair all finished in the top 25. Cuartero finished third with a 6-under-par 66. Zech carded rounds of 72-67-76, sliding in at 10th. It marked his second top ten finish of the year. Fair completed the event at 25th with rounds of 71-72-76.

The big story of the day however was senior Jace Long who tied for medalist honors and led Mizzou to victory in the tournament. This was Long’s fourth victory of the year. In the final eight holes, he shot a 3-under-par. That ended up forcing the tie with Washington State’s Anderson.

The Tigers will keep this momentum and hit the course again March 11 at the San Diego Classic in Chula Vista, Calif.

-Kyle DeBold
23 Sports
Staff Writer