Troy Lands League-High Four All-Sun Belt Men’s Golf Selection; Moser Named First Team
TROY, Ala (troytrojans.com) – Fresh off a Sun Belt Conference Championship and berth in the NCAA Franklin Regional, a league-high four Troy Trojans were named to the All-Sun Belt Men’s Golf Team, the league office announced Thursday afternoon.
Luke Moser was named to the first team and Clayton Vannoy was a second team selection, while Jared Bettcher and Calum Masters both earned honorable mention distinction.
Moser ranks fourth in the Golfstat Sun Belt Comparative Rankings and boasts the fourth-highest national ranking (247) among Sun Belt golfers. The junior from Waterloo, Ontario won both of his contests in the match play portion of the Sun Belt Championship, including a thrilling victory on the first playoff hole in the championship match to clinch the conference title for the Trojans.
An honorable mention selection last year, Moser leads the Trojans with a 72.93 stroke average, 12 rounds under par and six rounds in the 60s. He tied the Troy school record with a 7-under 65 in the second round of the Seminole Intercollegiate and has posted six top-25 finishes this season.
Vannoy is coming off a fourth-place finish in the stroke play portion of the Sun Belt Championship and two match play victories where he didn’t trail over 35 holes played. The junior from Pensacola, Fla., is second to Moser with a 73.07 stroke average for the year and with 10 rounds under par. Vannoy has had a tremendous spring with a 72.53 stroke average after the break with a pair of top-10 finishes.
Bettcher, who was a first team selection last year, will carry a 73.69 stroke average into the NCAA Franklin Regional with six rounds under par on the year and five in the 60s. The junior from Auburn, Ala., led the Trojans with a 72.71 average in the fall and ended the spring on a high note with a 3-under 68 in the final round of Sun Belt stroke play and two victories in Sun Belt match play.
Masters ended the year on a remarkable run that saw him playing among the best golf in the country. The freshman from Headland, Ala., officially finished second in the Sun Belt stroke play after finishing in a three-way tie for the top spot, but falling in a playoff. Masters posted a 70.83 stroke average over his final 12 rounds of the spring with top-10 finishes in all four events.
This marks the second straight year that Troy has led the league in All-Sun Belt selections after four Trojans took home honors last year. All four of Troy’s All-Sun Belt selections this year are slated to return for the 2016-17 season next year.
Troy opens play at the NCAA Franklin Regional hosted by Vanderbilt as the No. 10 seed. The three-day, 54-hole tournament runs May 16-18 at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.