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Wofford wins French Broad Collegiate

The Wofford Terriers won the French Broad Intercollegiate at The Cliffs Walnut Cove course near Asheville. The Terriers held off Eastern Kentucky to record their first 54 hole tournament win since 2012. The Terrier team included Coach Angie Ridgeway, Becca Earl, Speedy Kent, Nicole Amos, Maggie Jackson and Lindsay Hollis.

You can only mark down scores on a scorecard, there is no special column to note determination.

Terrier coach Angie Ridgeway believed determination was a bigger factor in her teams’ win at the French Broad Intercollegiate than any score posted by any of her players on their scorecards.

“Everyone on the team was determined to do what they could to help us win,” said Ridgeway. “It is one thing to say it and it is another thing to do it and we got it done,” she added.

The Terriers trailed Western Carolina by two shots after the first round.

The second day Wofford shot their best round of the tournament to move past the Catamounts and take a one shot lead over WCU going into the final round.

“We hadn’t been in this position taking a lead into the final round in some time. I told them they would feel a little different, there would be some pressure, but they should embrace it ,” she said.

In the final round Western Carolina fell off the pace, but Eastern Kentucky made a charge. The Hilltoppers shot a final round 4 over par to pull within two shots of the Terriers and had to wait for Wofford to finish in the last grouping.

The Terriers showed their determination shooting a 2-over par total on the back nine to match EKU’s final nine and win by 2-shots for their first 54 hole tournament win since 2012.

Ridgeway had plenty of praise for everyone on the team as each golfer contributed a counting score during the tournament.

“Becca Earl’s 2-under par back nine certainly played no small part in the win, but all the others did their part to help get the win,” she said.

Earl finished tied for third place after shooting her best round of the tournament, an even par 71.

Becca Earl led the Terriers finishing in third place. (GolfClub File Photo)

Maggie Jackson and Nicole Amos just missed top-10 finishes. Lindsey Jackson contributed counting scores in the first two rounds and finished in a tie for 21st. Senior Speedy Kent helped the Terriers take the lead with her second round score before finishing 28th.

Earlier in the fall the Terriers had put together a record breaking performance at the Buccaneer Classic when they shot a Wofford College best 882 total, but it was not enough for a win.

The Terriers took an important lesson away from that tournament.

“You can play great golf and not win. I’m so proud of these ladies. They never gave up and scrambled till the end and that is what it takes to win,” said Ridgeway.

The tournament completes Wofford’s Fall season and will give the Terriers a boost of confidence when they come back for the spring.

“This win is going to carry us a long way. It has elevated our expectations for the spring,” concluded the Wofford coach.

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