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Royals Rally

Royals Rally

The Royals' come-from-behind wins of this year's Conference Carolinas Championship Titles have given both the women's and men's golf teams a great story.

After the first day of the tournament, neither team was in a position to qualify for the final round. 

The women's team had won the championship last year but they were playing what coach Sam Puryear conceded was "by far their worst round of the season." 

Grace Glaze, a freshman sports and exercise science major, remembers the team looking at one another and saying "let's just forget yesterday's round, and let's actually play golf today."    

"We are all aware that we can shoot mid-70s," the native of Clemson, S.C., said, "It's just about believing that you can."

The women proved true to their beliefs and improved 35 strokes over their first round score. "This is incredible. It was an unbelievable feat," Puryear said.

The men's team members had to make a similar turnaround to take the title.

They'd come in the 6th seed out of 10 teams. "We were the underdogs from the start, and I think that gave us some fire," said Jake McLaren, a sophomore from Barrie, Ontario, Canada. "We knew our team was the most talented in the field, and if you believe you can win, you will."

The men's Saturday wasn't strong, but the team turned it around on Sunday.  Then, the business major said, "our mindset was a lot different. Having played so well on the Sunday, the momentum carried through to Monday....Our team has a lot of depth, and when we are all playing well, we are unbeatable."

The wins have both the women and men motivated for more. "Winning conference this year is just the beginning," said McLaren, who shot a one under par 71 to finish in second. "Now that we have tasted some victory, we are hungry for more."

Glaze, who shot a 76 to tie senior Laura Belanger for first in the final round, says "it is amazing that we won back to back...Our win motivates me to want to win all of the conference championships during my four years at Queens."

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