Lansford claims title, Lions have solid performance

Kelvin Duley II

After a less than solid performance in the San Antonio Shoot-out on Feb. 15 & 16, the Missouri Southern golf team bounced back with a stellar performance headlined by Taylor Lansford, junior, who won the David Falconer Classic on Tuesday. 

At the David Falconer Classic hosted by Arkansas Tech University at the Chamberlyne Country Club, Lansford shot 5-under (67) in the final round of play climbing eight spots to claim the individual title. He had a two round score of 138, 6-under.

“It was really weird but nice to get that win,” said Lansford on winning his first collegiate tournamnet. “It’s always been a goal and dream of mine to win a tournament.”

Lansford shot 1-under (71) in round one wrapping the day up in a tie in eighth place.

This victory is quite fitting taken that, last season, Lansford shot his season best at the same event and course.

“That course is really fun to me. It’s an enjoyable atmosphere. I feel really comfortable there,” said Lansford.

For Lansford, that was his first collegiate victory and a long awaited one at that.

“I haven’t done much celebrating after that win. I’d rather just be recognized for my accomplishment. As far as celebrations goes, that’s something I’m not into.”

As for the rest of the team, senior Ethan Hutcheson improved hugely in round two moving up the leaderboard 13 spots as he improved his first round score by four strokes to finish with a 154 (+10). Sophomore Connor Neil finished the tournament with a 148 (+4). Freshman Jake Badovinac made his season debut and finished with a 152 (+8), while junior Cameron Hamilton finished with a two day total of 153 (+9). 

The Lions as a team fell from fifth to sixth place to end the tournament. Tournament host Arkansas Tech won the tournament. 

The Lions will return back to action at the Broncho Invitational hosted by Central Oklahoma at the Gaillardia Country Club March 21-22.