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Milligan women's golf team rolls to title in AAC Fall Championship

Tanner Cook • Updated Oct 4, 2017 at 10:30 PM

The first Appalachian Athletic Conference title of the season was won on Tuesday by the Milligan College women’s golf team when the Buffaloes won the conference’s Fall Championship in Pineville, Kentucky.

The Buffs finished 10 strokes ahead of the second place team.

Senior Megan Gaylor was the individual medalist as she defeated her teammate Sarah Son in a playoff to win the title.

“I was excited that we had the top two finishers in the tournament,” said head coach Tony Wallingford “But I knew the playoff would be difficult for them. They are the best of friends and honestly they both wanted each other to win. When Megan birdied the fourth playoff hole to win, both girls began to cry and hugged for an extended time. It was a touching moment for me to see that.”

This marked the fourth time out of the last five that the Buffs have come home with the title on the women’s side.

“I am excited for our men’s team this week,” Wallingford said. “They have worked hard and seemed very focused. Our keys are to stay in the process — stay focused on course strategy, play loose and free as the round progresses.”

The men’s tournament will be in Columbus, Georgia, on October 9-10.

Tennis

The men’s and women’s tennis teams are a combined 6-1 this fall season with the most recent win coming in a big way against Maryville on September 24.

“We have a lot of leadership on both sides, especially on the girls,” said head coach Ryan Reynolds. “On the girls side, we have a senior and two juniors playing one through three. The rest are freshmen and they are really starting to develop right now.”

The men are in a rebuilding year, according to Reynolds, and are in one of the toughest conferences in the NAIA.

Reynolds says both teams will be competitive this year in the spring and he expects the women to finish in the top half of the AAC.

The only home match of the fall season will be October 15 against Carson-Newman.

Cross country

After a successful weekend at the UNC-Asheville Invitational, the Buffs will travel to Carson-Newman on Friday for the Allen and Phyllis Morgan Invitational in Jefferson City.

The men’s team finished fourth in Asheville and the women finished third, both amongst Division I fields. Tim Thacker and JJ Robinson paced Milligan and earned AAC Runners of the Week for their efforts.

The field this weekend will likely include a number of Division II teams and local NAIA schools, but it will be nothing the Buffs have not already seen before.

Women’s soccer

The Buffs continued their unbeaten streak last week with a win at home against Bluefield and a tie against No. 25 Tennessee Wesleyan. Both games were conference games and Milligan improved to 6-1-2 on the season and has not yet lost at home.

The team will have their next home game on Saturday against Point University and will continue the home stand through October 18.

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