May 16, 2013
Columbia, Mo. -
First Round Results
No. 29 Missouri Golf is in contention after the first round of play at the 2013 NCAA Columbus Regional on Thursday, shooting a team total of 294 (+10) to stand in sixth place heading into the final two rounds of action.
Hosted at Ohio State University’s Scarlet Golf Course, the top five teams from the Columbus (Ohio) Regional site will advance to the 2013 NCAA Championships. The Tigers are currently tied with the nation’s fifth-ranked team, New Mexico, and are just three shots behind No. 8 Stanford, who is third overall.
Mizzou is being led by sophomore Ryan Zech (-1). A native of Kearney, Mo., Zech shot an opening round 70, including back-to-back birdies on his back-nine to move into fourth overall. Zech was one of only seven players in the field of 75 who managed to break par on Thursday.
“I could tell early on that Ryan (Zech) was really at ease and comfortable with the course,” Head Coach Mark Leroux said. “He was putting for birdie on one hole and he was asking about his teammates and how they were doing. It was a good sign and indicative of the way he has been playing of late.”
Following Zech is junior Emilio Cuartero. The surging junior shot a 3-over-par 74 to finish 25th and is just two shots outside of the Top 10.
Jacob Fair and Hunter Kraus also scored for Missouri. Both players shot 4-over-par 75s, while senior Jace Long was two shots back with a 77.
“We’ve had virtually everyone in that starting group lead our team this year, and that’s important in the postseason,” Leroux said. “You aren’t always going to have your best day, but it takes a lot of pressure off of you knowing your teammates can carry that load. I know Jace (Long) and our guys are anxious to get out there again tomorrow.”
Charlotte (+3) owns a one-shot lead over No. 20 South Carolina (+4) heading into Friday’s second round. No. 8 Stanford (+7) is third followed by No. 32 UNLV (+8), No. 18 Auburn (+9) and the Tigers and Lobos.
The second round of action continues on Friday morning at 8 a.m. The final round will begin Saturday.
For advancing teams, the 2013 NCAA Finals will take place May 28-June 2 at The Capital City Club, Crabapple Course in Atlanta. Georgia Tech is the host institution for this year's championships.
For more information on Missouri Golf, please visit our website, mutigers.com.
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