July 15, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. - - Mizzou golfer Jace Long defeated Ryan Sloane of Campbell, Calif. 2-up on Wednesday in the first day of match play at the United States Amateur Public Links, played at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla.
Standing 1-down after 10 holes, Long won three-straight holes starting on the 11th hole to move to 2-up. Sloane had pulled even heading to the 17th hole before Long won the final two holes to claim the match victory.
Long will face Liam Logan in the round of 32 on Thursday. The Long-Logan match will tee off at 8:48 a.m.
Long had advanced to the match play portion of the U.S. Amateur Public Links by carding rounds of 68 and 70 in stroke play. His 140 score was second best in the field, which included over 150 golfers.
The U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship began with two 18-hole rounds of stroke play on Monday and Tuesday before the start of match play on Wednesday. The second and third rounds of match play will be played on Thursday with the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds scheduled for Friday. A 36-hole championship match will take place on Saturday.
Long, a native of Dixon, Mo., played in three tournaments last fall in his first year at Missouri. He had an 18-hole stroke average of 76.67 in the three tournaments.
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