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Terriers win by 22 at Disney, Larkin medals for first win

So much for distractions! The Wofford Terriers tuned up for their big win in the Mickey Mouse Intercollegiate with a night in the Magic Kingdom. Wofford won the tournament by 22 shots. (Wofford Photo)

Disney World is called the happiest place on earth and the Wofford Terriers will certainly agree.

The Terriers took an 8 shot lead into the final round of the Mickey Mouse Intercollegiate at Disney World and turned a comfortable team victory into literally a walk in the park.

Wofford coach Van Williams has been around the college game long enough to know that even a big lead can disappear in a hurry, but the way the Terriers were playing he felt pretty good about bringing a win back to Spartanburg.

“When you are coaching you get all set for a tight finish coming down the stretch,” said Williams. “When we got around 16 I called my wife and told her we had it won. There was no stress on the back 9 today,” he laughed.

There was nothing Mickey Mouse about the Terriers performance as a team or individually where Wofford put a pair at the top of the individual standings

Led by Matthew Larkin and Harry Jones the Terriers posted the top two individual scores to go along with the tournament winning score of 852.

Matthew Larkin won his first college championship shooting a 205 total for a three shot victory over teammate Harry Jones. (Wofford Photo)

Larkin, who won the Upstate Amateur before the Fall season started, shot rounds of 68 68 and 69 for a 205 total and his first college victory.

Teammate Harry Jones was 3-shots back in second place after matching Larkin’s 3-under par on the final day.

Cedric Otten gave the Terriers a third golfer in the top 15 while Walker Jones had three counting rounds and finished tied for 27th.

“We didn’t finish the fall the way I would have liked, but our guys worked hard in the break and they came back ready to compete and it showed this week,” said Williams.

This was the Terrier’s first trip to the Mickey Mouse Intercollegiate and when Wofford was invited Williams jumped at the opportunity.

“I probably was the first invitation returned. My father lived in Orlando and we would visit often and go to the parks. I admit it, I love Disney ,” said the Wofford coach.

Whether it was because he wanted to enjoy the park or time just slipped away, the Terriers got to spend almost an entire day in the park after an early practice.

“We had a short practice one day and went to the parks, saw the fireworks and stayed out pretty late. I think we rode every ride. It was a fun time for all of us,” said Williams.

So much for worrying about distractions. The Terriers performed well, well enough for their coach to allow himself to think a little ahead in the spring schedule.

“I think we learned from our poor finish in the fall. We made a lot of birdies here and putted really well. We have a veteran team that knows how to compete,” he said.

The Terriers next play in the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate at the Palmetto Club in Aiken in a couple of weeks.

“There is a lot of golf left between now and the end of the year, but if we can keep this going we could have a chance to be in contention at the SoCon,” concluded Williams.

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