HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Troy University women's golf team entered the final day of the Lary Eagle Golf Invitational at Hattiesburg Country Club; and finished the tournament third behind Memphis and Southern Miss.
The Trojans entered the day third behind Memphis and Southern Miss, trailing the leaders by just eight shots. On Tuesday, they shot 313 as team and could not quite catch up to the leaders as Memphis finished with 309 on the final day and Southern Miss a 310 to close the tournament.
"Both days I think we played pretty good," Troy head coach Matt Terry said. "We saw a lot of good golf out on the course today and this week. Our girls are good enough now to start shooting really good numbers, and they have seen that over the last two weeks we have played. I really think they deserve to be where they are as hard as they have been working this season.
They are working hard every day at practice, and they are beginning to trust themselves and the decisions they make on the golf course. It will be interesting to see how we play next week in Arkansas,
but I think we should play well again."
It is the second consecutive top three finish for the Trojans, as the last time out the team lost on a playoff hole to Samford in Birmingham.
The Trojans, in both tournaments, had their chances but were just unable to close out the final round of play.
"We just gave to get back in the mix again," Terry said. "We just have close a little better at the end of the round, whether it be with the putter, iron or driver."
Individually the Trojans placed three players inside the top 15, highlighted by Haley Lawrence closing with a 2-over 74 in the final round. Lawrence finished tied for eighth with three other players in the tournament at 8-over par. Meanwhile, Signy Arnorsdottir finished 9-over par for the tournament to place 12th; while Sofia Bjorkman finished tied for 15th with a 12-over 154 for the tournament.
"Haley had a good round of golf today," Terry said. "The course played a little tougher today, which it should in the final round. We can definitely play better, but I am proud of the way we battled back and played throughout the tournament.
"Signy and Sofia both played good yesterday, both having good rounds of golf. Sara Fennvik was inserted into the top five for the first time since the fall and played well throughout the week."
The Trojans will head to Arkansas next week to play in Hot Springs, a course that Terry thinks will play tougher but that they can tame throughout the tournament.
"We made plenty of birdie this week," Terry said. "That tells you that we are playing better through the lineup. I still think we can play a little better than what we have been playing, which is saying a lot. It is going to be interesting to see how we play next week, the field is going to be a little bit bigger than we have seen. However, saying that, I think we can handle the course when we get there."