Aug 29, 2013
Columbia, Mo. -
by Mizzou Student Assistant Michelle Hantak
Mizzou Golf will once again open its season in Vernona, N.Y. as it hosts the Turning Stone Intercollegiate this weekend, Sept. 1-2.
The event will be played on the Kualuhyat Course at Turning Stone Resort and will consist of 54 holes. Thirty-six holes will be played on Sunday, while the final 18 holes will be played on Monday. The Tigers are familiar with the par 72 course, as they won the tournament in 2009 and 2012.
Including Missouri, 14 teams will be competing in the tournament. Other teams competing are Binghamton, Canisius, Central Connecticut State, Cleveland State, Connecticut, Detroit, George Mason, LaSalle, Loyola University Chicago, McNeese State, Seton Hall, St. Peter's and Villanova.
At last year's event, former Tiger Jace Long paved the path to victory. Long (66-66-69--201) dominated the tournament and earned the title of individual champion.
Golfing first in this weekend's Turning Stone Intercollegiate is senior captain Emilio Cuartero. Cuartero recently won the 2013 Spanish Amateur Crown in Madrid, Spain. Cuartero was second in stroke average (72.2) and had seven Top 10 finishes during the 2012-2013 season. His best finish was at The Farms Collegiate in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., where he took first place.
Hunter Kraus, another senior captain, will golf second in the competition. Originally from Memphis, Tenn., Kraus claimed third place at Turning Stone last year and is looking to carry that success from the 2012 event into the 2013. Including last year's tournament, Kraus had one other Top Five finish and a season stroke average of 73.9.
Ryan Zech, a junior from Kearney, Mo., will be retuning to the Tiger's starting lineup to golf third. Zech tied for 16th at last year's tournament and is expected to be a key player in the upcoming season. His top finish last season came at the Golfweek Conference Challenge where he took sixth.
Redshirt sophomore Wilson Sundvold
will golf fourth and make his first appearance as a Tiger since his freshman season. Sundvold, from Columbia, Mo., redshirted during the 2012-2013 season, but made great strides in his game. He participated in five events during his rookie season and took 58th at the 2011 Turning Stone tournament.
Freshman Euan Walker will be making his debut with the Tigers this weekend. Hailing from Troon, Scotland, Walker previously participated in many European tournaments. In 2012, Walker was awarded the Adam Hunter Award for the most improved and promising junior in Scotland.
Rounding out the lineup for the weekend is sophomore transfer, Mike Wooten. Wooten participated in one event at Central Missouri last season before opting to transfer to Mizzou. He won the Class 4 Individual State Championship in 2011 and was also a three-time district champion while attending Francis Howell High School in Weldon Spring, Mo.
Play begins at 7 a.m. CT Sunday and Monday. For tournament scores and updates, follow the team at mutigers.com and @MizzouMensGolf.