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Women's golf finishes fourth to open spring season

Saturday, March 01, 2014
by Kirk Downs

MURRAY, Ky. – The Lipscomb women’s golf team opened up its spring season Monday at the Time Warner Racer Classic hosted by Murray State.

After the third round was cancelled due to impending bad weather, the Lady Bisons finished fourth in a six-team field at the Miller Memorial Golf Course. Lipscomb fired a two-round team total of 652 (328-324).

“Unfortunately due to the weather we have not been able to play much outside on the course this winter,” Lipscomb coach Buddy Harston said. “We were glad to get the first tournament under our belts, but I was a little disappointed with our performance today.

“Although we did improve in the second round, when you play 36 holes in a day it can be kind of tiring. But I am just glad we were able to get outside and play on a course.”

Miriam Parker led the Lady Bisons with a 154 total after firing rounds of 75-79. She finished 10th overall. Parker’s first round card of 75 was tied for the sixth best round of the day.

“Miriam played pretty good today and finished fourth,” Harston said. “She had the two best rounds on our team today and her first round 75 was only four shots off the best round of the day, 71.”

MacKenzy Carter placed 22nd with a total of 161. She finished the day with an 81-80.

Sami Khan, the team’s stroke leader in the fall, carded a pair of 83s. Her 166 tournament total gave her a 28th place finish.

“I think she struggled today a little bit with her putting,” Harston said. “But that has a lot to do with the few reps taken thus far. She will improve and we expect nothing less.”

Sabrina Ferreri posted rounds of 89-82 for a 171. She ended the day in 35th. Sarah McFarlin finished just behind Ferreri in 37th. McFarlin carded a 91-84 for 175.

Murray State shot 300-300 for a team total of 600 to win the Time Warner Racer Classic. Racer Delaney Howson and Brianna Scheidler of the University of Indianapolis tied for the medalist with a 146.

 The Purple and Gold will return to the links March 11-12 at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Harston hopes getting this first tournament out of the way will help his squad focus and improve all around when they head west.

 “We are expecting some more bad weather this week,” Harston said. “So we will be inside Monday and Tuesday. We were able to shake a little bit of the rust off today, so I expect we should improve when we go to Hawaii. Today’s course was still dormant, but there the grass should be green with good weather.”