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Twin wins, Gooding and Coleman medal for Anderson

Anderson won the Low Tide Intercollegiate as five Trojan golfers finished in the top-5 of the tournament. Kennedy Gooding, playing as an individual, shot a 13-under par 203 total for a 13 shot victory. (Anderson Photo)

Anderson golfers brought home medalist honors from a pair of golf tournaments on Tuesday. One win for the men and one for the women who also claimed a team title.

Freshman Kennedy Gooding, playing as an individual, wasn’t just good, her three round performance was great as she claimed medalist honors at the Low Tide Intercollegiate played at Mount Pleasant.

Reece Coleman won the Hurricane Invitational by a shot after shooting a final round 70.

While Coleman notched the win, the five tournament winning streak for the Trojan men’s team came to an end when Anderson finished fourth at the tournament played in Albany, Georgia.

Gooding led an Anderson contingent that claimed the top five spots on the individual leader board.

Gooding shot rounds of 69, 66 and 68 to finish at 13-under par to finish 13 shots in front of teammate Paige Paolucci.

Kennedy Gooding and Anderson coach Denton Moore collected the top prizes at the Low Tide Intercollegiate played at Dunes West Golf Club in Mount Pleasant. (Anderson Photo)

“When we started to see her scores we were wondering if she was playing the same course,” said women’s coach Denton Moore. “She hit 45 of 54 greens during the tournament, those are professional numbers,” he added.

On her way to the win, Gooding matched the schools scoring record when she shot a 66 in the second round and then set records for 36 and 54 holes.

Not being part of the five who started the tournament was more about giving as many players on the team a chance to compete.

“We had really good qualifying to set our lineup and we got everyone of our eight golfers into the tournament. We want to make sure we have a lot of golfers who have experience because you never know what will happen towards the end of the year,” said Moore.

Even without Goodings’ record setting score the #5 ranked Trojans topped Limestone by 29 shots for the win.

Paolucci finished second with Kennedy McGaha and Jessica Rathbone tied for third, Zoey Iglesias was fifth and Kerington Lamb was 11th.

The Trojans other two golfers, Aly Francis and Emma Charles, playing as individuals got the kind of tournament experience Moore was hopping for all of his team.

“This is our third win of the year. This golf course was not easy, but they played in some wind and did well,” said Moore.

Anderson now has a quick turnaround before teeing off in the Lander Bearcat Classic at the Greenwood Country Club starting on March 6th.

Hurricane Invitational scores https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=player&tid=26274

Trojan senior Reece Coleman shot a final round 70 to claim medalist honors by a shot at the Hurricane Invitation at the Doublegate Country Club in Albany, Georgia. (Anderson Photo)

Reece Coleman had the lead going into the final round after shooting rounds of 70 and 69.

The Trojan senior held off a final round charge by Jonty Mitchell of Tampa to win the individual title by a shot.

Coleman’s final round 70 gave him a 209 total for the tournament played at the Doublegate Country Club.

The Trojans five tournament winning streak came to an end when North Georgia shot 14-under par for the event to top the field by 5 shots.

Nova Southeastern was second with Georgia Southwestern in third place.

The Trojans entered the event as the top ranked NCAA DII team. With five wins and a solid fourth place finish behind three top-ten teams the Trojans should be able to hang on to the top spot in the national rankings.

The Trojan men will join the women’s team at the Bearcat Invitational being played at the Greenwood Country Club starting on March 6th.

Hurricane Invitational scores https://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=player&tid=25489

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