Golf: CHAMPIONS! Panthers cruise to GSAC championship
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The LaGrange golf team cruised to the Great South Athletic Conference Championship on Tuesday in the final round at the Wynlakes Golf and Country Club course. The Panthers finished 22 shots ahead of tournament host and 19th-ranked Huntingdon.
The Panthers went into the final round with a 12 shot lead over Huntingdon. They were never threatened, shooting a final round 291 to win their first GSAC title. It will also be the last one, as the Panthers along with Maryville and Piedmont move to the USA South conference next season.
Defending champion Maryville was a distant third, 36 shots behind the Panthers. Covenant (642) and Piedmont (658) rounded out the team scoring.
The Panthers dominated the GSAC awards as well. Senior Hudson Keener won his second straight individual GSAC championship to earn Player of the Year and All-Conference honors. Keener shot rounds of 72 and 71 for a 143 total, one shot ahead of teammate Cory Howard. The tournament title was Keener's fourth of the Spring.
Howard shot a tournament-low round of four-under par 68 to finish at 144. Howard's round was highlighted by an eagle on the par four 10th hole, when he holed out from the fairway with his second shot. Howard earned the GSAC Freshman of the Year award and also a spot on the All-Conference team.
Hunter Keener had a final round score of 76 to finish fourth with a 151 total. He earned his second straight selection to the All-Conference team, while leading the tournament with seven birdies.
Freddie Wolford also finished with a 76 for a 154 total. Wolford earned GSAC All-Academic honors. David Hemsley rounded out the scoring for the Panthers with a 79 after a first round 83 for a 162 total.
Head coach Lee Richter was named the GSAC Coach of the Year. Hudson Keener was the team's representative on the GSAC Sportsmanship Team.