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Monday’s round proved to be the cushion that Scott Foster needed on Tuesday to win his first Mid-South Conference Men’s Golf Championship at Maywood County Club in Bardstown.
With the win, Foster has earned a spot in the NAIA Men’s Golf Championships on May 14-17 at Creekside Golf Club in Salem, Ore.
Despite a struggle in the final nine holes of the 52-hole tournament, Foster held on to his lead by two strokes, edging Lindsey Wilson College’s Nathan Clark, 213 to 215. Foster shot 74 Tuesday, his highest round of the tournament, after shooting 6 over par on the back nine. He started the day at 5-under par and played his way to -9 through the front nine Tuesday after narrowly missing a hole-in-one on the eighth green.
Foster’s strong lead began to shrink as he carded a double bogey on 11 and bogeyed 12 and 16. He had five birdies on the day, mostly on the front nine, and led all players with 17 birdies in the tournament. He also led the field on par 5 holes through the tournament, shooting -4.
Foster tied his teammate Trey Shirley for the lead with a 71 in the first round Sunday and then shot 68 Monday.
Shirley was second on the Tigers’ team and third overall with a three-round score of 219 after shooting a 78 Tuesday. He shot 71 and 70 in his first two rounds, including nine birdies and an eagle.
Kelby Robinson followed Foster and Shirley with a 234 in the tournament, followed by Matthew Razor’s 241 and Cody Goodwin’s 249. Razor was the only Tiger to show improvement each day, shooting 84, 79 and 78 in his three rounds. With the exception of Razor, the rest of the team’s low rounds were Monday.
“The guys battled hard, and I am very proud of them. I am also very proud and honored of two wonderful men I had the privilege of coaching for four years,” said Kenny Lawson, CU golf coach. “Scott and Trey have been the glue to this team, and I am going to miss them very much. I wish Trey the best in his future endeavors, and I am excited to be able to coach Scott in the NAIA National Golf Championships.”
University of the Cumberlands held on to win the team tournament, distancing itself from Lindsey Wilson College by two more strokes. Cumberlands took the lead from LWC Monday after shooting a 291 team score. The Patriots shot 394 Tuesday to LWC’s 296. Campbellsville shot 310 as a team for the round and 907 for the tournament.
White and Lady Tigers finish fourth
Campbellsville University senior Katie White played her way to an All-Conference finish Tuesday and her fourth-straight All-Tournament team as she shot 74 to finish fourth in the Mid-South Conference Spring Tournament. Her two-day score at the Bardstown Country Club at Maywood was 152 (78-74).
Campbellsville shot 330 as a team Tuesday and finished with a 669, finishing 30 strokes behind third-place Cumberland University. University of the Cumberlands maintained its lead to win the team championship, led by Liz Stephens, who finished 3 over par with a 147 (76-71) for the individual title.
MeLeigha Pollock was second for Campbellsville and 14th overall at 164 (89-84), followed by Caitlyn Wilkerson 176 (93-83), Kayla Kincer 177 (88-89) and 203 (109-94).
Lindsey Wilson finished second behind Cumberlands by seven strokes with a score of 620.