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Varner Cards Low Round, Wins Second Golfer of the Week
Freshman Jessica Varner claimed her second SCAC Women's Golfer of the Week nod.
Varner Cards Low Round, Wins Second Golfer of the Week
Friday, March 25, 2016

BOSSIER CITY, La. – Freshman Jessica Varner carded the low round of the day on Tuesday, shooting a final round 78 (+6) to finish with a 162 (+18) to finish fifth at the Hal Sutton Intercollegiate for the Gents and Ladies golf teams this week at Golf Club at Stonebridge in Bossier City, Louisiana.

The Ladies finished the tournament with a 695 (+119) to finish third of six teams, eclipsing NCAA Division I Jackson State on the final day and claiming three top-10 individual finishes. The men finished 6th of 7 teams, beating Hendrix College by 24 strokes. The Gents finished with a 679 (+103).

Tyler JC claimed both team titles and the top two individual spots.

“The Ladies seem to be coming back on form from where we left off last fall,” explained head coach Emlyn Aubrey. “After some struggles in our first event of the spring last week, they came back nicely with a season-low score at the home tournament. With three top-10 individuals with Varner, Adair and Wright, this should give us the confidence we need to finish out the season on a great note.”

Four golfers for the Ladies either equaled or bettered their first round scores, despite the winds whipping through the par-72 course. Varner improved by six shots on the final day. Following the tournament, Varner captured her second Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week.

Freshman Taylor Adair shot an 83 both days to finish with a total of 166 (+22) to finish seventh. Senior Jamie Wright, who shot a 91 on Monday, went toe-to-toe with Varner and finished round to with a 79. Her total of 170 (+26) tied her for 10th. Sophomores Haley Nidey and Toni Collaro finished 20th and 21st, respectively, with a 209 (+65) and 211 (+67).

On the men’s side, freshman Jesse Hall took 19th with a 164 (+20). Senior Chris Cates and freshman Henry Llorence finished tied for 23rd with a two-day total of 170 (+26). Freshman Edvard Granrud  finished 28th with a +31 (175). Sophomore Graham Maxwell rounded out the Gents competitors with a 181 (+37).

“The Gents continue to struggle with consistency,” noted Aubrey. Everyone is putting up one decent score in each tournament we play but cannot seem to put the whole package together. We just have to keep learning and plugging away at it.”

The men return to action April 4-5 for the West Regional, hosted by Southwestern in Georgetown, Texas. Both teams will wrap up the season April 18-19 at the 2016 SCAC Championships in Blaco, Texas.