MU men's golfers lead at blustery Mizzou Intercollegiate

Monday, April 4, 2011 | 10:18 p.m. CDT; updated 1:12 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Missouri men's golf coach Mark Leroux talks with Tigers sophomore Jace Long during the first day of competition in the Mizzou Intercollegiate on Monday at the Club at Old Hawthorne.

COLUMBIA — The Missouri men’s golf team claimed the lead at the Mizzou Intercollegiate after the first two rounds Monday at the Club at Old Hawthorne. The Tigers shot an impressive 600 over 36 holes considering the brisk weather.

“We get some wind around here,” said Tigers sophomore Stuart Ballingall, who finished the day at 148. “But nothing like this. Walking 36 holes in these conditions is tough. My right leg is about to give way. It was a marathon.”

Ballingall wasn’t the only one who mentioned the conditions.

“It was brutal from start to finish," said Jace Long, another MU sophomore, who holds the first-day lead after shooting 1-under-par 71s in both rounds. “I really had to stay focused the whole time. The wind was there, and the cold was there, but I just had to keep hitting good shots.”

The weather wasn't enough to sway the confidence of Missouri men’s golf coach Mark Leroux.

'They were the best-ranked team coming in here,” Leroux said about the Tigers. “They’ve won three tournaments in a row, and so I expected them to be at the lead.”

Leroux was adamant that his team is better than they played.

“The weather made it much more difficult,” Leroux said. “Their better golfers than what they shot today. It brought their scores up, but it brought everybody’s scores up.”

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