Missouri's Long tied for fifth after first round of NCAA Championship

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 | 9:28 p.m. CDT; updated 10:07 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Missouri men's golfer Jace Long is in a four-way tie for fifth place after the first round of the NCAA Championship on Tuesday at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

Long, a sophomore from Dixon who is playing as an individual for the Tigers, shot a 2-under-par 70 on the 7,416-yard course.

Long began his round with an eagle on the par-5 first hole and stood at 3-under-par after a birdie on the par-4 12th. But a double bogey on the 15th hole and a bogey on the 16th put him at even par. Birdies on the 17th and 18th put him back inside the top 5.

Georgia Tech's James White collected eight birdies and leads the tournament after shooting a 5-under 67. Texas A&M's Cameron Peck is second at 4-under, and two other golfers are tied for third.

The Yellow Jackets lead the team competition with a first-round 283 followed by UCLA (286), and Alabama (288). The Aggies are in fourth at 289. Oklahoma State, which uses Karsten Creek as its home course, is in eighth at 292.

Long, the top individual after the first round, was also named to the NCAA Division I PING All-Region Team on Tuesday, just one of 18 Big 12 Conference golfers to make the Central Region listing.

Play continues with the second round Wednesday, and the third round is set for Thursday. Match play in the team competition is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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