LEDBETTER, Ky. – Lipscomb freshman golfer Samantha Griffith continued her blistering start to her collegiate career in rounds two and three of the Jan Weaver-Murray State Invitational finishing as co-champion with a +2, 218 for the event hosted at the Drake Creek Golf Club.
After firing a round low 71 to open the event, Griffith posted a 75 in the second round before responding with a 72 to close the event and finish tied atop the leaderboard with Murray State’s Abbi Stamper. The duo did not compete in a playoff due to Stamper’s involvement with the Murray State team’s participation in a team playoff.
“Samantha’s performance was pretty special,” said Lipscomb women’s golf coach Buddy Harston. “In the nine years that I’ve been here no freshman has ever done that. We would have to go back and double check the history books but I’d have to say that is probably a first.
“Every time I saw her she was solid. She hit 16 or 17 greens in the first round and her short game was really good. She’s just a solid player.”
Senior Morgan Bucher finished with a personal collegiate best of 71 in the third round, a number that was tied for best in the event. The strong finish moved the veteran up to a tie for 18th in the final standings with a +12, 228 (79, 78, 71).
“It was great to have Morgan back out with us on the course,” said Harston. “Our freshmen were a little nervous this week but that’s to be expected.”
As a team, the Lady Bisons tied for eighth with Austin Peay with a score of 936 (+72, 313, 314, 309). Junior Miriam Parker followed Bucher with a 240 (80, 78, 82) to finish tied for 40th. Senior Samantha Khan shot 250 (83, 83, 84) tying for 58th while freshman Jenny Muesing rounded out the competitors for the Lady Bisons with a 268 (86, 92, 90) in her collegiate debut.
Host Murray State and Southern Illinois tied with team scores of 901 to head to the playoff.
The Lady Bisons return to action Sept. 28-30 in the Chris Banister Golf Classic in Gadsden, Alabama.