PERU, Ind. – Taylor's Jeremy Ray claimed his first collegiate victory, pacing four Trojans in the top five of the individual standings as 21st-ranked Taylor claimed the Forster Fall Classic team title on Saturday.
Ray entered Saturday's final round tied for the lead after an opening round 72 and the sophomore from Carmel, Indiana carded a 1-under par round of 71 to claim a two shot victory with a two-round total of 143.
Reigning Crossroads League champion Trey Turner started his 2016-17 campaign with a solid performance as the junior finished in third with a two-round total of 146 (73-73) to lead the Taylor "A" team to a seven shot victory over Saint Francis.
The Trojans, who entered the final round with a six shot advantage of Saint Francis, posted the lowest score of the day with a final round team total of 304. In addition to a 73 from Turner TU also counted a 74 from junior Nick Waskom, a 77 from senior Ian Rinken, and an 80 from sophomore Alec Dutkowski. Junior Mitch Lamping was the TU drop score with a final round 86.
The Taylor "B" team was also impressive as the Trojans finished just two shots behind Saint Francis in third place in the 10-team field. Ray's victory helped the cause while freshman Scottie Marston was also impressive in his collegiate debut, finishing in a tie for fourth with rounds of 74-73. Senior Nathan Edwards chipped in a 76 during the final round while freshman Nate Morris added an 84 and senior Jordan Hall carded an 87.
In all four Trojans finished inside the top five with Ray taking individual medalist honors followed by Turner (73-73) in third and Waskom (73-74) and Marston (74-73) in a tie for fourth.
The victory was Taylor's fourth team title in its last five regular season events dating back to last season. The Trojans will return to action on Monday, Sept 19 at the Spring Arbor Fall Classic at Eagle Eye Golf Resort in Bath, Michigan.