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Women's golf ready to open spring in Murray State Invite

Friday, February 28, 2014
by Kirk Downs

MURRAY, Ky. – The Lipscomb women’s golf team looks to open its spring season Saturday in the Time Warner Racer Classic at Miller Memorial Golf Course in Murray.

“We aren’t expecting a whole lot just yet because the weather has been so bad,” Lipscomb coach Buddy Harston said. “We haven’t been outside to practice but six or seven times all spring. We had a strong fall season, but it is always tough to come out of the winter.

“We are cautiously optimistic.”

The Lady Bisons are coming off a strong fall season that saw them claim two medalists’ honors and two second-place team finishes. Harston is hoping his squad can pick up where  it left off.

“Miriam (Parker) and Sami (Khan) both won tournaments,” Harston said. “And we were leading in a couple tournaments. It took low scores from the other teams to get the win. (Duh)

“Golf is a game of confidence. It’s just the fun of being in the hunt. Those second place finishes give you a lot of confidence and we are hoping to ride that into this spring season.”

Khan led the team in the fall with a 77.3 stroke average over nine rounds. Her individual overall victory in the Double Tree Invitational in September was the first individual victory for a Lady Bisons golfer in Lipscomb’s NCAA era.

The 54-hole event hosted by Murray State will consist of seven teams, including Butler, Tennessee State, Southern Illinois, IPFW, Indianapolis and Murray State.

The first 36 holes will be played on Saturday, while the final round will be Sunday. Both days the event will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.

Miller Memorial Golf Course is a par-72 that lays out over 6,017 yards.

“We are definitely better than we were last year,” Harston said. “The A-Sun is a tough conference. But there is no doubt we are better this season.”

The Lady Bisons will return to the links March 11-12 in the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational. It will be played in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.