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Monett's Jacob Fair to play golf for Mizzou

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

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Monett senior golfer Jacob Fair, at center, signed a national letter of intent to play golf at the University of Missouri in Columbia next year. Fair plans to major in mathematics. Also present for the signing were: Christy Long, of Monett, and Rick Fair, of Rogers, Ark., Jacob's parents, who are pictured on either side of Jacob. Pictured in the second row, from left, are: Monett golf coach Derek Uhl and Monett Athletic Director Daryl Bradley. [Times Photo by Jared Lankford]
Monett senior Jacob Fair signed a national letter of intent to play golf at the University of Missouri in Columbia on Friday.

"It feels good, and it's all still hard to believe," said Fair. "I started being recruited a year ago, and the time really flew by. In the end, Mizzou was the best fit for me."

Fair has enjoyed great success over the last 12 months. He is ranked 15th in the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Class of 2012 and is the 25th-ranked golfer in the nation.

Fair finished second in the Missouri Class 3 state tournament last year. He has also collected second place finishes in the Lockton Kansas City Junior, AJGA Huntsville Junior and the AJGA Junior at Quad Cities. He was also named to the 2001 HP Scholastic Junior All-American team and Rolex Junior All-American second team.

"I am very excited for Jacob," said Monett golf coach Derek Uhl. "It was his goal to play collegiate golf, and he achieved it. Jacob handles himself well on and off the course. I firmly believe his best golf is ahead of him."

The Tigers are excited to add a player of Fair's caliber to their team.

"We recruit athletes that are good golfers but are also great students and have excellent character," said Mizzou golf coach Mark Leroux. "We are a program on the rise and recruit those athletes we believe will take us to the next level."

"When I took my official visit to Mizzou, I was blown away by the facilities and coaching staff," said Fair. "Coach Leroux is a real down-to-earth guy that knows how to make you feel comfortable and knowing some of my new teammates was a real plus."

Fair is the son of Christy Long, of Monett, and Rick Fair, of Rogers, Ark.

Fair chose Mizzou over Iowa, Kansas State, Wichita State and Auburn. He plans to major in mathematics.



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