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Norman qualifies for NCAA tournament

It’s been a good week for Cam Norman.

The Greenville native fired a 5-under 67 in the opening round of the NCAA College Grove Regional at the Grove Tuesday, putting him in third place individually.

And Wednesday, he became the second Troy men’s golfer in three years to qualify as an individual for the NCAA Championship.

Norman shot 3-under 213 and tied for sixth place overall at the regional, which wrapped up Wednesday afternoon. 

Troy finished just one spot shy of a qualifying position at sixth place overall.

Norman shot 1-over 73 Wednesday during the final round as conditions worsened, accumulating in 35-mph wind gusts.

After opening with a bogey, he turned things around by rolling a 51-footer for an eagle on No. 2.  It was a pace he maintained throughout the rest of the day.

Norman, a senior at Troy, said that despite his wealth of experience, nerves are an occasional hurdle.  This week’s regional was no different.

“I still get nervous every tournament, and I was especially nervous coming down the stretch in this particular tournament because I knew I had a chance to qualify,” Norman said. “Even though I still get nervous, the experience of being a senior helped me manage the nerves and still play good golf to get the job done.

“I knew it could be my last tournament, so I just wanted to give everything I had and hope for the best.”

Head golf coach Matt Terry believes he managed to do just that.

“Cam played his tail off for three days, and I had the good fortune of walking with him and watching it,” Terry said. “It was pretty special.

“He had some ups and downs, a couple of chip-ins and a long eagle putt today.  He showed a lot of gut and a lot of moxie out there on the golf course, and hopefully he can take that with him to Chicago.”

Norman said that the NCAA qualification is a new high-water mark in an already decorated career.

“As an individual accomplishment for me, this was huge,” he said.

“Earlier this year, I was named to the third-team all Sun Belt team.  That was a big accomplishment for me as well, but qualifying for the National Championship is the biggest accomplishment for me at Troy.”