Forgan prepares for The Open; Techsters add size

Former Bulldog golfer Sam Forgan makes history this week at the British Open while Lady Techster basketball coach Brooke Stoehr continues to find intriguing additions to her roster, the latest a 6-foot-5 transfer center from South Alabama.

Golf: Forgan will live a life-long dream this week as he competes in the 149th British Open at Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, England.

Forgan, who lettered for the Bulldogs and head coach Jeff Parks from 2010 through 2013 and competed in 33 collegiate events in the red and blue, will tee off in the first round of The Open at 6:42 a.m. CT on Thursday alongside Ireland’s Pádraig Harrington and Australia’s Brad Kennedy.

Forgan qualified for The Open after earning one of the three available spots at the Prince’s qualifier, sinking a 15-foot putt to par the final hole and earning a spot in his first Major Championship.

“The last putt for me was what … maybe 15 feet … maybe more,” said Forgan. “But it was quite a side-winding little putt. I was playing at least a foot and a half of break probably out to the right. To be honest, it probably wasn’t the greatest roll I put on a putt all day but it went right into the middle (of the cup). It’s still a bit blurry for me now.

“Right after it was a massive, massive high. But fairly quickly my mind turned to getting my card right. I knew if I went ballistic and then signed for the wrong score, it would be the absolute worst. I calmed myself down and made sure my score card was right.”

Forgan, a native of Stowmarket, England, will tee off Thursday in the biggest golf event of his life.

“The road to The Open continues at the Open,” he said.

The Open will be available to watch on both NBC and the Golf Channel.

Women’s Basketball: Stoehr added her fourth Division I transfer this week as the Lady Techsters signed former South Alabama center Jadona Davis to a financial aid agreement.

Davis, who started her collegiate career at Middle Tennessee before playing the past year for the Sun Belt Conference’s Jaguars, will bring size to the interior for Tech with her 6-foot-5-inch frame. Davis will be the tallest player on this year’s roster.

“We are excited to add Jadona to the Lady Techster family,” said Stoehr. “She brings great length and experience to our group. Jadona will add depth to our interior attack as a shot blocker and scorer. We look forward to her joining us in Ruston as she pursues a graduate degree from Louisiana Tech.”

Davis joins Gabbie Green (Pittsburgh), Salma Bates (Tulane) and Kate Thompson (Wisconsin), who all signed with Tech this offseason.

After earning all-state honors at Wayne County High School in Mississippi where she averaged 20 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks per game as a senior, Davis signed with the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee where she played her first two years before moving on to Mobile. She sat out one year and then saw action in 21 games in 2020-21.

“It is an honor to be a part of a program with such great history and a remarkable legacy,” said Davis. “I chose to play for Coach Stoehr because of the energy and commitment she dedicates to the team. I believe dynamic success is in store for Louisiana Tech.”

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