Golf team sets new school records

Jill Odom

Sports Editor

The men’s and women’s golf teams competed in different states this past weekend as the men’s team traveled to Tallahassee, Florida, and took 12th place in the Seminole Intercollegiate.

The women’s team finished fifth at the 3M Jaguar Intercollegiate in Augusta, Georgia.

On Friday, March 13, the women’s golf team sat in the sixth place after shooting a 304 for the opening round. Kennesaw State led the first round shooting 296.

Senior Sydney Conrad led the Trojans and tied for seventh place with a 76.

Sophomores Becca Horner and Fatima Fernandez Cano tied for 16th place and they both picked up a birdie along the way.

On Saturday, March 14, Cano set a new school record by shooting six under 65 and helped Troy advance to fourth place for the second round.

Troy’s round of 284 for the second round set a new school record as well.

Kennesaw State was edged out by No. 43 Coastal Carolina, which took the lead by shooting a 281.

Cano tied for third place while teammate Conrad dropped back and tied for 11th. Senior Taylor McGraw advanced and tied for 20th after tying for 39th during the opening round.

Cano and Conrad led the Trojans during the final round by both shooting a 73 on Sunday, March 15. Cano tied for fifth, while Conrad placed 12th.

On the final day of the Intercollegiate, Troy

finished in fifth place out of 13 competitor schools.

Coastal Carolina took the title,  just six strokes ahead of Kennesaw State.

The men’s golf team also put up a fight at the Seminole Intercollegiate.

Troy was just one over par during the opening round on Friday, March 13, with a 289.

The Trojans tied for 11th for the first day, out of a field of 17. East Tennessee State held the lead after shooting a 276.

Senior Jake Tucker led his teammates and tied for sixth with a 69. The team picked up a handful of birdies, but also had some bogeys, which caused the rest to finish outside the top 10.

During the second round on Saturday, March 14, the Trojans shot another 289, pushing them back to 12th.

Sophomore Jared Bettcher advanced from 35th and tied for 27th with Tucker.

Troy wrapped up the Intercollegiate in 12th place on Sunday, March 15. No. 1 Florida State was able to beat out East Tennessee State, which had the lead for the first two rounds.

Sophomore Clayton Vannoy, who started out tied for 20th, then dropped down to 39th on the second day, finished the final round tied for 18th.

He had six birdies on the last day and led the Trojans. Tucker finished tied for 28th.

The men’s team will return to the green on March 27-29 for the Furman Intercollegiate in Greenville, South Carolina.

The women’s team’s next time at the course is March 29-31 at the John Kirk Lady Panther Classic in Atlanta, Georgia.

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