Mississippi Gulf Coast's Colin Troxler finally has a medalist trophy to call his own. After five second-place finishes in his career, he carded another under-par round and held off the field to win the Carey Collegiate Classic on Tuesday.
Troxler fired a 1-under 71 to improve to 7-under for the event, winning by one shot over Coastal Georgia's Paxton Shuman. He helped No. 4 Gulf Coast finish fourth in the 11-team field dominated by four-year schools.
"Everything clicked," he said. "My ball-striking. My putter worked yesterday. I didn't make a lot of putts today, but everything clicked. I got up and down when I needed to. It all worked."
Troxler maintained his one-shot advantage over Shuman from the first round despite leaving some scoring on the course.
"He shot 1-under but really didn't make any putts," Gulf Coast coach Tommy Snell said. "If he'd made those, he'd have been 5- or 6-under. He just played solid and didn't let it rattle him. He just kept plugging."
Coastal Georgia, an NAIA power, won the tournament at 11-under, seven better than the host William Carey squad. The Crusaders' A-team included Gulf Coast alumni Danny De Los Santos and Conner Entriken, with Jesse Sunderman and Bryce Jackson competing on the B-team and as an individual, respectively.
The Bulldogs made up three shots on Spring Hill, but finished one back at 7-over. East Central, the only other MACJC team in the field, finished 10th and 50-over.
"Wyatt played well as an individual," Gulf Coast coach Tommy Snell said. "Colby played well. We're kind of coming together a little bit."
The Bulldogs return to action March 27-28 in the GlenLakes Invitation in Foley, Ala.
|1. Coastal Georgia||281-284—565 (-11)|
|2. William Carey||284-288—572 (-4)|
|3. Spring Hill||285-297—582 (+6)|
|4. MGCCC||289-294—583 (+7)|
|5. Mississippi College||295-291—586 (+10)|
|6. Loyola-New Orleans||298-298—596 (+20)|
|7. Spring Hill B||300-301—601 (+25)|
|8. William Carey B||305-308—613 (+37)|
|9. Blue Mountain||296-321—617 (+41)|
|10. East Central||310-316—626 (+50)|
|11. Bethel||316-316—632 (+56)|
|1. Colin Troxler||66-71—137 (-7)|
|T9. Wyatt Adkison*||71-73—144 (E)|
|T14. Colby Blake||74-72—146 (+2)|
|T28. Jackson Wedgeworth||77-74—151 (+7)|
|T28. Jonathon Newman||73-78—151 (+7)|
|T33. Colby Entriken||76-77—153 (+9)|
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