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Richard Fountain ’14 is the sixth Wildcat to win in the 75-year history of the SoCon Men’s Golf Championship.

Richard Fountain ’14 is the sixth Wildcat to win in the 75-year history of the SoCon Men’s Golf Championship.

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by Meg Kimmel

Posting a five-under par 67 final, golfer Richard Fountain ’14 brought home Davidson’s first Southern Conference golf championship in 38 years. Rusty Boyd ’73, Davidson’s last SoCon champ, congratulated the younger golfer with a Facebook message. “I heard from so many people,” said Fountain, who chose Davidson for the same reasons many athletes do—great academic and athletic opportunities.

Fountain arrived last August as a strong golfer, but Coach Tim Straub says he has improved his game. “He’s taught me about patience,” Fountain said. His putting can be streaky, “but Coach is just an incredible putter. He’s taught me so much about rhythm, tempo.”

Fountain is excited about this win for his team— “We have so many good golfers. I knew if I played well, I’d be helping the team.” But he can’t think about his teammates on the course. “If I wonder how they’re doing, I won’t play well.”

Time management is an issue for all college athletes, but there’s an added challenge when practice is off campus. Off the course, Fountain tries to stay social when he’s not studying, hanging out with hallmates on Third Watts.

Is a pro career in his future? “Who knows?” said Fountain. “My main goal is to get the best education I can. Golf can’t be everything.”

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