Winning ways secure Long, Burger top honors
GOLF WORLD COLLEGE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Jace Long, Missouri
Following up his season-opening victory at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate, the senior from Dixon, Mo., claimed medalist honors by two strokes at the Golfweek Conference Challenge with a nine-under 207 showing at Spirit Hollow GC in Burlington, Iowa. A closing two-under 70 was the first time in six rounds this fall that Long failed to post a score in the 60s, his 2012-13 stroke average sitting at 68.0.
The individual win lifted Long's career victory total to nine, tops of any golfer in school history. His performance also helped the Tigers claim their second team title of the young season, Missouri beating Wake Forest by eight strokes with a seven-under 857 total.
Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington—A final-round 76 at Gold Mountain GC in Bremerton, Wash., was still good enough for the sophomore to take medalist honors by four strokes at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational after he opened with rounds of 69-66.
Honorable mention (pro category):
Julien Brun, TCU—Became the sixth amateur to win an event on the European Challenge Tour when he claimed the title at the ALLIANZ Golf Open Toulouse Metropole in his native France.
Emilie Burger, Georgia
The senior from Hoschton, Ga., birdied three of her final four holes to claim the individual title, her first in a multi-round college event, at the Mason Rudolph Championship, beating Michigan State's Caroline Powers and Arizona's Kendall Prince by three strokes.
Burger posted her third straight 72 on Vanderbilt Legends Club's North course in Franklin, Tenn., then had to wait roughly three hours to see if her even-par 216 would hold up. Prince, the second-round leader, got within a stroke of Burger's score as she played her back nine but bogeyed the 13th and 15th holes to fall off the pace.
"I was close a couple of times last year and couldn't get a win," Burger said regarding the win. "I really thought [Saturday night] about what I might have done wrong in those situations. I told myself that whatever happens, happens and I could only control what I do. I just tried to not get ahead of myself. [Coach] Josh [Brewer] was right there with me and kept me focused on each shot. I wasn't worried about the score. I was concentrating on each shot. It was a good learning lesson."
Isabelle Lendl, Florida—A second-round 67 propelled the senior to a six-under 210 total at the Dale McNamara Invitational, good enough to claim the individual title by three strokes for her second career victory.