Troy golf mounts comeback to win Samford tourney

Published 10:58 am Thursday, April 12, 2012

After winning their first tournament of the spring season at the Lady Eagle Invitational on March 13, the Troy women’s golf team has brought home its second tournament win on Tuesday, April 10.

The Trojans managed to come back from a 12-stroke deficit following the second round of the Samford Women’s Intercollegiate to claim victory over Middle Tennessee by only one stroke.

“It was a little surprising,” Trojans head coach Matt Terry said. “We weren’t in the final group going into the last day and hadn’t gotten off to a good start the day before. The girls got out and played well and we turned in our scorecards and there was a little bit of a shock when we realized we’d beaten everyone.”

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The win, the third for the Trojans in the 2011-2012 season, was bolstered by some solid performances from the team’s golfers, most notable senior Haley Lawrence.

Lawrence (74-76-72-222) helped seal the third round comeback for the Trojans with her second highest score of the season, an even par 72, and finished the round third overall in the tournament.

“Haley played well and has been our number one for the last four years,” Terry said. “She’s gotten better and better every year and hopefully we’ll get to the conference tournament and help extend her success. Credit goes to the whole team though for winning three tournaments this season that’s not an easy thing to do.”

Following Lawrence was fellow senior Sofia Bjorkman (77-74-74-225) who was the second highest finisher for the Trojans in the fifth place spot, as well as the only other Trojan to finish the tournament less than ten over par.

Freshman Langley Vannoy, who tied for first in the Trojans win at the Louisiana-Monroe Fred Marx Invitational last fall, finished in the 32nd spot at 20 over par while Taylor McGraw finished at 17 over par to take the 24 spot.

The strong comeback to win the tournament puts the Trojans in a prime position to begin the Sun Belt conference tournament, which is set to begin on April 16 in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

The Trojans will be playing competing for the conference title at “The Shoals,” a two-course branch of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in a three round match.

The tournament will be played on the Shoals “Fighting Joe” course, which will serve as a longer course with little room for error.

“We’re excited about it,” Terry said. “The guy’s team has been there every year we’ve played the conference tournament but the girls have never played on it. It’s a little different than the Schoolmaster course and has some intimidating shots. The girls have had a chance to see it and I figure after this week we’ve got a little more confidence, our girls know that they can go out and win.”

The conference tournament on April 16 will be the last contest of the Trojans season, which saw five top five finishes and three tournament championships.

The Trojans will play the first round of the tournament on Monday, April 16, followed by two more rounds ending on Wednesday, April 18.