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Long fades in second round at NCAA men's golf championship

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 | 8:28 p.m. CDT; updated 9:14 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Missouri men's golfer Jace Long is one of 11 golfers tied for 36th place after the second round of the NCAA Championship on Wednesday at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

Long, a sophomore from Dixon who is playing as an individual for the Tigers, shot a 5-over-par 77 on the 7,416-yard course on Wednesday after shooting at 2-under 70 on Tuesday. He has a 3-over 147 for the two rounds with one round to go Thursday.

Long was actually 7-over-par at one point Wednesday, but he rallied to birdie three of his final five holes, including each of his last two holes.

The late surge allowed Long to jump back inside the top-50 of the individual standings and he is just three shots outside of the top 20. It was the second consecutive day Long finished his round with a flurry. He birdied No. 17 and No. 18 on Tuesday.

LSU's John Peterson shot a course-record 7-under 65 on Wednesday to take the individual lead at the tournament. Peterson is 5-under overall. Georgia Tech's James White is a stroke back after a 73, and UCLA's Patrick Cantlay (69), Georgia's Harris English (71) and Illinois' Luke Guthrie (69) are at 3 under.

Peterson eagled the par-5 14th and had six birdies and a bogey to break the competitive course record of 66 shared by former Oklahoma State star Hunter Mahan, Illinois' Patrick Nagle and Kansas' Andy Stewart. The lowest round ever shot at Karsten Creek is a 63 by Jeff McMillian.

Georgia Tech leads the team standings with a 3-under 573 total. UCLA is a stroke back, followed by Illinois (2 over), Georgia (3 over), Alabama (4 over), top-ranked Oklahoma State (9 over), Augusta State (12 over) and Texas A&M and Ohio State (14 over).

The top eight teams after the third round Thursday advance to match play.


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