COLUMBIA – Missouri men's golfer Emilio Cuartero held off a late challenge to win The Farms Collegiate Invitational by one shot on Tuesday. Cuartero led the No. 19 Tigers to a third place finish in their spring opener in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Cuartero's final round (71) was just enough to surpass Fresno State University's Jack Mulroy on the back nine at The Farms Golf Club, a par-72 course measuring just over 6,900 yards. The victory was Cuartero's third individual title as a Tiger and the fourth individual victory this season for a Missouri golfer. Senior Jace Long had previously tallied three individual titles during the fall 2012 tournament season.
Cuartero, a junior from Lleida, Spain, was the only golfer under par. His three-day total of 215 (71-73-71) helped the Tigers finish in third place. Missouri tallied a three-day total of 894 (299-296-299), 22 shots off the pace set by tournament champion Pacific University.
Long, who's on the Ben Hogan Watch List (an award given to the best player in college golf), and freshman Jacob Fair placed 11th and 13th respectively.
Missouri returns to action on Feb. 25, when they will travel to Chandler, Ariz. to play at Palm Valley Golf Club for the Snowman Getaway Intercollegiate.