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Trojans battle back for 4th win

The 5th ranked Anderson Trojans came back from 10 shots down in the final 9 holes to win the Findlay Spring Invite for the teams fourth tournament title of the year. (Anderson Photo)

The Anderson Trojans have won golf tournaments this year in a bunch of different ways.

They have won tournaments by a few strokes or a bunch of strokes.

The 5th ranked NCAA DII team has benefited from great rounds by one golfer or the consistent effort of all five on their way to three tournament titles this year.

At the Findlay Spring Invite, being played at the University of Kentucky golf course in Lexington, the Trojans found another way to win.

With guts.

“It wasn’t our prettiest golf, wasn’t our best golf, but it was absolutely our gutsiest golf we have played since I have coached here,” said Anderson coach Denton Moore.

Anderson came from 10 shots down on the back nine to win their fourth tournament title of the year.

“The conditions were brutal. It was cold and windy every second of every day! The last nine at UK Club is so difficult. The wind kept picking up stronger and stronger and the girls kept grinding out par after par,” he said.

Anderson was trailing the team that won the NCAA DII championship last year. Findlay University.

“On the back we got in a couple birdies and mounted one of the best comebacks I have ever been a part of,” said Moore.

The four counting scores for the Trojans on the back nine finished at 2-under par.

It might not sound like a big rally, but in the playing conditions it was enough to put pressure on the leaders.

“We played great on the back, but to make up 10 shots you need some help,” said Moore.

Findlay was not able to handle the conditions as well as the Trojans and finished the back nine at 11-over par.

Coupled with a strong front nine from All-American Kennedy McGaha, the Trojans made up the 10-shots and claimed a 6-shot victory.

“I am so proud of this win. We were in second place and had that locked up. We could have settled for that, but the team wasn’t satisfied with a second and they went out and won. This win took a massive effort and some serious guts,” said the coach.

Kennedy Gooding and Kennedy McGagha led the Trojans back-nine comeback for the win. McGaha finished second with Gooding finishing third. (Anderson Photo)

McGaha shot a final round 70 to finish as the individual runner-up.

The Trojans other Kennedy, Freshman Kennedy Gooding followed up her win in the Trojans last tournament with a third place finish,

While it is not official the win should lock up a spot in the NCAA DII South Regional.

The Trojans have been listed as “under consideration” for post season play.

The Trojans finish the regular season playing in the Lady Bearcat Invitational hosted by Lander University at the Greenwood Country Club later this month.

Between the top-ranked men and the women, the Trojans have won 10 golf tournaments so far this year.

Scores from the Findlay Spring Invite https://results.golfstat.com//public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=26270

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