Totty signs

Morgan Totty, front center, signed to play golf at Southern Nazarene University Friday. At the signing, front, from left, Jane Totty and Charles Totty. Back row, SNU coach Steve Hulsey, DHS coach Chuck Croy, Chris Totty and Burl White.

Morgan Totty extended her round of competitive golf an additional four years Friday, signing to play for Southern Nazarene University in Bethany.

Totty, a Duncan High senior, will join the Crimson Storm’s long tradition of golf success that includes former Lady Demon Johna Dodson. Totty said that she is excited about her opportunity and that she is looking forward to attending school at SNU.

“I know some girls up there and I liked the school that I met,” Totty said. “I was looking at bigger schools, but when I got up there, I liked it better. I just like the sport, and wanted to compete an extra four years.”

Southern Nazarene has won two NAIA National Championships since 1999, and has finished in the top-10 the past 10 seasons.

The draw to bring Totty to Bethany wasn’t all that difficult for the Crimson Storm’s coach.

“Morgan has the experience, and has played on a good team,” said SNU head coach Steve Hulsey of Totty. “A lot of times we get players without experience, but have potential. She has played well in a lot of different situations, and has an excellent opportunity to come in as a freshman and play on the team.”

Duncan is posed to make a strong run this season at the Class 4A state championship, with Totty as one of the key components. The tradition of the Lady Demons’ program and Dodson’s recommendation helped, but Totty has proved that she is a golfer that has put in the effort to take her game to the next level.

“She’s a hard worker and a strong competitor,” Duncan girls’ head coach Chuck Croy said. “The main thing is that she started young and has worked on her game.”

The early development began when Totty was in seventh grade at Twin Oaks Golf Course. Totty received lessons from Bob Hardy on a consistent basis, and developed a love for the game.

“I didn’t know anything about golf until I started getting lessons from him,” Totty said of her time with Hardy. “He really helped me to learn the game.”

It didn’t take long for her to pick up the sport, and to start having good results.

“I could hit the ball far,” said Totty of what kept her coming back to the links. “I started hitting the ball farther than everybody, and I really started to like playing.”

She quickly added that “not so much”, to whether she still out-drives most of the competition.

While Totty received a partial scholarship to play golf for SNU, the college experience will still revolve around academics at the university.

“We’re trying to recruit students,” Hulsey said. “Morgan will get a good education, and will grow as a person and a golfer. We’re trying to produce outstanding citizens.”

She said that she is excited about playing at different courses throughout the country, and at SNU’s home course Rose Creek. Totty knows that there will be challenges from other golfers in college along with harder courses to contend with. She said she feels good about her game going into her senior season, but that there is still improvements to be made.

“My driver is getting better,” Totty said. “I need to work on my short-game. My putting is good, but I need to work on my chipping.”

Totty is the second golfer to ink a college letter of intent, following Jillian Gregston who will play at the University of Oklahoma. The Lady Demons begin their season March 1 with a trip to Guthrie.

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