Fox claims second straight provincial golf title

Lauren Fox’s trophy case just keeps getting bigger. Fresh off representing Saskatchewan at the Canadian Junior Girls Golf Championship, the Creighton Community School student has continued her dominance in the province.

She won the Saskatchewan High School Golf Championships at TS&M Woodlawn Golf Club in Estevan Sept. 27-28.Fox had experience on the course, winning a silver medal during provincials two years ago.

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“I wanted to finish first,” she said.

“That was my goal, because I didn't want to go silver gold, bronze.”

Fox had ground to make up after the first day of competition. Shooting a nine-over 81, she was three strokes behind Regina’s Autumn Neiszner and Shell Lake’s Brooklin Fry, who both shot a six-over 78.

Fox said she was happy to see blustery conditions on the second day. It was six degrees with 40 km/hour winds.

“I was confident because there was really bad weather,” she said.

“I don't know why I always play well in poor conditions.”

Her confidence wasn’t misplaced, as she shot the best round of the day for any golfer in the competition, a seven-over 79. No other golfer on the day was able to shoot below 85. Fox said she knew she had an advantage over her competition in tough weather, because she always plays.

“One girl was telling me that whenever it rains, she just goes home,” she said.

Fox ended up outlasting Neiszner and Fry, winning the tournament by three strokes with a total score of 160.

“I ended up keeping score for the girl for the girl who was tied in first,” she said.

“So I knew that on the front nine, I had beat her by four strokes. Then basically, I just played match play with her.”

Fox said she was neck and neck until the final holes.

“She'd go up one and I would be tied until a shorter par five,” Fox said.

“She hit her second shot into the water hazard... getting a bogey out of it. And I birdied and I knew that I had it. I went into the last hole two strokes up. I just played it easy.”

While Fox won the individual event, the team event was out of reach. The Northeast region’s 381 total was 10 strokes off the winners, Southeast, but still good enough for fourth place.

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