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Missouri golfers sixth after first round of NCAA Columbus Regional

Thursday, May 16, 2013 | 9:09 p.m. CDT

The No. 29-ranked Missouri men's golf team is tied for sixth place after completing the first round of the NCAA Columbus (Ohio) Regional on Thursday at Ohio State's golf course.

The Tigers scored a team total of 294, leaving them tied for sixth with No. 5 New Mexico. Charlotte currently leads with 287, followed by South Carolina, Standford, UNLV and Auburn.

Missouri's sophomore Ryan Zech leads the team after shooting an opening round of 1-under par 70, including back-to-back birdies on his back-nine. One of only seven of the 75 players to break par, he sits at fourth place overall going into the second round.

Junior Emilio Cuartero shot a 74, and is in 25th overall. Freshman Jacob Fairand junior Hunter Kraus finished out Missouri's scoring, both shooing 75s. Senior Jace Long finished with a 77.

The second round of the regional tournament begins at 8 a.m. Friday. The final round will begin Saturday.


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