Mizzou Golfer Takes Next Step in his Career

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COLUMBIA - Jace Long came to Mizzou five years ago from Dixon, Missouri. Long never thought he would end his Mizzou career with the most wins in Mizzou history. "I wanted to be the best player ever to come through Mizzou," said former Missouri golfer, Jace Long.

Long was on his way to doing so. He set the school record for lowest 18 hole score and lowest 54 hole score. He also set a Mizzou record with 11 tournament wins. Winning isn't always easy for Long. It takes a lot of hard work and long hours on the driving range, practicing a lot on the putting green, and working on his short game. Long said it's holding up the 1st place trophy that motivates him to practice.

"Well the feeling of winning really, you know you get that feeling and you want that. Golf is a game of highs and lows, so it's such a good feeling when you win and you play good. It only comes through a lot of hard work and practice," said Long.

Now, Long is moving forward in his golfing career. Long turns pro on Monday and he said getting his tour card won't be easy. He understands that he needs to be patient. "Kind of understand that golf is a hard game, there's a lot of good players out there, if I don't get my card by the end of this year it's not that big of a deal. I want to do this for a living so I can still do other things and still be all right," said Long.

With Long turning pro, his coach offered some friendly advice. "Keep doing what you're doing, be who you are so play aggressive, hit it long, hit it at the pin and keep smiling," said Missouri's Golf Coach, Mark Leroux. Long hopes to have a long and successful professional career

Long will start his professional career at a tournament in Wichita, Kansas on Monday.