Sept. 26, 2012
Columbia, Mo. -
Mizzou Golf is off to a quick start and the 2012-13 Tigers earned national notoriety on Wednesday debuting at No. 11 in Golfstat’s national rankings. In addition, senior Jace Long, a winner in each of his first two events, is college golf’s No. 1 ranked player (adjusted scoring average) through the season’s first month.
Head Coach Mark Leroux’s club is a perfect 2-0 on the year, earning wins at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate (Sept. 2-3) and the Golfweek Conference Challenge (Sept. 16-18). Missouri has dominated the competition early on, winning by 19 shots at Turning Stone and by eight strokes at the Golfweek event to earn the lofty ranking.
“It’s early in the year, but I have been pleased with how our team has responded,” Head Coach Mark Leroux said. “These guys played all summer and really put in the work. The key for us has been our improved depth. Jace has of course been fantastic, but the play of guys like Hunter (Kraus), Ryan (Zech), Emilio (Cuartero) and Jacob (Fair) has been critical. You need that team depth to compete for championships and we have improved that over time.”
A native of Dixon, Mo., Long is already Missouri’s career leader with nine victories and owns the country’s top adjusted scoring average of 67.97. The senior is 6-0 against the Top 100 college golfers this year and is tied for the national lead with two wins.
Leroux has also seen his career win total on the rise. As head coach of the Tigers he owns 14 victories, 11 of which have come over the last four years.
Missouri returns to action Sept. 29-30 at the Patriot Intercollegiate in Lorton, Va. The event is hosted by George Mason University.
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