STILLWATER, Okla. —
Troy Fort isn’t going to set any landspeed records for quickest round of golf any time soon. His slow play and easy-going style has even become a battle cry for the Stillwater High School golf team.
But make no mistake, when he tees off in the Class 6A state championship Monday at Karsten Creek, the junior hopes the rallying cry of “beware of the sloth” serves as more of a warning to opponents.
“Troy is not a slow player, but if you watch Troy, he’s just pretty easy going,” Stillwater coach Larry Hesler said. “He sticks his glove in his bag, he picks his bag up and kind of saunters off. He got the nickname Sloth. He’s picked his pace up a lot, but the nickname just kind of stuck and he just takes it with a smile. It’s a term of endearment for the rest of the guys.”
Not many people would be happy about being nicknamed after one of the slowest moving animals on earth, but Fort is just happy to be able to walk the course Monday — even if it is at a slower pace than his opponents.
Since last fall, Fort has undergone two ankle surgeries because his feet pronated so badly. He spent nearly three months in a walking boot following back-to-back surgeries.
Now with a screw in each foot to keep his feet straight, Fort appears to be playing his best golf at the right time.
“Troy has had a lot of problems with his feet, but he’s battled back through it,” Hesler said. “They did a lot work on his feet and it threw his swing off. I mean, he had to re-learn his swing. So to get back to where he is after having that, I’m very impressed with his ability to come back. He got right back into it and started shooting his best golf right at the end and that’s what you need to do.”