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Top ranked Trojans win 5th in a row

The top ranked DII Trojans won their fifth straight tournament with a convincing victory at the Spring Kick Off in St.Augustine, Florida. Calahan Keever, Reece Coleman, Alejandro DeCastro, Simon Wright and Daniel Coker were the starters with Sam Norris and Parker Macdonald playing as individuals for Head Coach Danny Neal and Assistant Coach Denton Moore. (Anderson Photo)

The Anderson Trojans didn’t have any holiday hangover as the top ranked NCAA Division II team recorded a 14 shot victory in the teams first spring tournament.

“Its not easy to win golf tournaments,” said Anderson Director of Golf and men’s coach Danny Neal. “You never can be sure how a team will play after a long break, but our team had a pretty dominant win,” he said.

The Trojans had not played since they won their fourth straight tournament with a win in the Currahee Classic at the end of October.

At the Spring Kick-Off in St.Augustine, Florida the Trojans opened the event with a 6-shot lead after the first round that expanded to 9-shots after 36-holes.

“In the final round Calahan (Keever) set a new school record shooting a 9-under par 63. I don’t think he missed a fairway or a green,” said Neal.

Keever shared medalist honors in the first tournament of the year, but his final round performance earned him his first solo victory.

The Greenville Eastside grad finished with a 199 tournament total to break his own record for low tournament score and win by 7-shots.

“I was a little nervous because this was the first time I slept on the lead,” said Keever. “Commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed, I was blessed,” he said.

Calahan Keever birdies his final hole to shoot an Anderson University record 63 and win the Spring Kick Off Intercollegiate in St Augustine, Florida. (Anderson Video)

With the team holding a big lead Keever was free to go for every pin.

He birdied the first two holes and then eagled number 8 from 108 yards in the fairway.

The Anderson junior had a tap in birdie on his final hole to set the individual record and got to enjoy another win with his teammates.

“We are playing crazy good. We have a great team and it is a lot of fun to be around everyone. I think it is helping us this year,” said Keever.

Keever and teammate Reece Coleman, who finished third, have led the Trojans in almost every tournament this year.

“Ive coached some really good players in my 20 years here at Anderson, but Callahan and Reece are clearly the best players we have had here,” said Neal.

The Anderson coach believes he has seen a consistent theme running through all five of the tournament wins.

Calahan Keever shot a final round 63 to set an Anderson scoring record and wrap up his first solo college win. (Anderson Photo)

“The team has confidence in themselves and they know how to win The wins have not all been dominant like our last one, we have had some close finishes. They believe in each other and know they can win,” said Neal.

While the ranking is fun and the recognition is deserved based on the results, Neal and the team both know the Trojans are probably not going to win every tournament they play the rest of the year.

“They are realistic. At some point the streak will end. I know we will be able to handle that, we won’t lose our confidence and we will go out and win the next one,” concluded Neal.

The Trojans are next on the tee at the Hurricane Invitational being played at the Doublegate Country Club in Albany, Georgia starting on February 27th.

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