Missouri men's golfers take big lead into final round of Mizzou Intercollegiate

Monday, April 9, 2012 | 8:18 p.m. CDT; updated 11:27 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 9, 2012
The Missouri men's golf team and 14 other teams are competing in the Mizzou Intercollegiate tournament Monday and Tuesday at The Club at Old Hawthorne.

COLUMBIA — The Missouri men's golf team will take a commanding 20-stroke lead into the final round of the Mizzou Intercollegiate when play resumes Tuesday at The Club at Old Hawthorne. 

As a team, Missouri shot 12-under par and was led by freshman Ryan Zech, who is atop the tournament's leaderboard after shooting a 7-under par 137 after 36 holes.

Purdue-Indianapolis is in second at the 15-team event at 8-over par. Austin Peay is third at 10-over.

Zech credited the Tigers' impressive play to the familiarity that he and his teammates have with their home course.

"We are out there all the time, so today we were just able to have some fun and relax," Zech said. "We were looking around at each other, laughing, just having a good time."

The Tigers won this tournament last year and last year's individual champion, Missouri  junior Jace Long, is tied for third place with Iowa State's Nate McCoy at five under par. 

Sophomore Emilio Cuartero and senior Nick Wilson are tied for ninth after shooting even par.

Missouri coach Mark Leroux said he was impressed with his team's play but will continue to push his players to shoot as low as possible, even with such a substantial lead.

Although a Tigers victory seems inevitable, Missouri must continue to shoot low scores if the Tigers hope to qualify for postseason play. 

"We need to go as low as possible, simply because of the rankings," Leroux said. "We are not trying to rub it in anyone's face or anything, but tomorrow we all have to try and shoot well under par."

Play will resume at 8 a.m. Tuesday at The Club at Old Hawthorne. 

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