Emilio Cuartero looks to pace the Tigers in the season-opener in New York.
Aug. 30, 2012
Columbia, Mo. - Mizzou Golf opens its 2012-13 season this weekend (Sept. 2-3) as it hosts the 2012 Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate in Verona, N.Y.
The 54-hole event (36-18 shotgun start format) will be played on the Kaluhyat Course at Turning Stone and is a par 72 course spread over 7,105 yards. Missouri won the inaugural Turning Stone Intercollegiate in 2009 and Baylor won last year's event. Purdue was the 2010 champion.
Missouri is one of 13 teams competing this weekend joining Army, Canisius, Central Connecticut State, Cincinnati, Cleveland State, Delaware, IPFW, Louisville, Loyola (Ill.), Memphis, Saint Peter's and Villanova.
Head Coach Mark Leroux will have a few familiar faces in his lineup this weekend led by NCAA Regional qualifiers Jace Long and Emilio Cuartero. Long and Cuartero are poised for outstanding 2012-13 seasons and Long made headlines over the summer advancing to the Round of 32 at the 2012 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in Midway, Utah.
A native of Dixon, Mo., Long won a pair of titles last season as a junior and recorded six Top 10 finishes including a seventh-place showing at Turning Stone.
Cuartero was second on the team in stroke average last season and won the John Dallio Memorial (Lemont, Ill.) last October. A native of Lleida, Spain, Cuartero finished 10th at Turning Stone last year and is coming off another strong summer.
Golfing third is a newcomer, freshman Jacob Fair. The Monett, Mo., native was ranked among the Top 25 golfers nationally and enjoyed a great junior golf career in the American Junior Golf Association.
Sophomore Ryan Zech will golf fourth for Mizzou. Zech, a native of Kearney, Mo., won the Columbia Orthopedic Group Mizzou Intercollegiate last year, shooting 67-70-71 at the Club at Old Hawthorne.
Hunter Kraus will golf fifth for the Tigers. He competed in five events last season and his top finish was 35th at the Michigan Wolverine Intercollegiate. Tommie Wuennenberg will also participate as an individual this weekend. He saw action in three tournaments last year.
Action begins on Sunday morning with 36 holes of play. The shotgun start is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. ET. Action concludes Monday with the final round of play starting at 8 a.m.
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