CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s golf team played its way to a second-place finish Tuesday in the 17th annual F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate after holding an eight-stroke lead in the opening round.
“Going into today with an 8-stroke lead was definitely encouraging, but I also think it created a lot of anxiety and tension,” Lipscomb women’s golf head coach Skye Rogers said. “I am excited to get them back into that position repeatedly, to be leading tournaments and how that feels and to help them succeed more.”
The Lady Bisons were paced by sophomore Samantha Griffith, who finished second overall after shooting a two-round total of +7, 151. It marks her second consecutive top-5 finish after placing fourth in the Chris Banister Classic in September.
After holding a one-stroke lead on the field with a 73 on Monday, Griffith came back to fire 78 in the final round.
Senior Miriam Parker finished just three strokes back of Griffith with a +9, 154 (75, 79) tying for fourth. Lipscomb was the only squad to place two golfers inside the top-5.
“Samantha and Miriam both did really well today,” Rogers said. “It’s funny that when I see them sometimes they will tell me ‘I’m playing so bad’, but now I know that usually just means it’s a decent round. That adds up and it will really help us as a team. “
Sophomore Jenny Muesing and freshman Ashton Martin tied for 22nd after finishing the 36-hole tournament with scores of 162. Muesing carded rounds of 75 and 79, while Martin notched a 79 and an 83.
Sophomore Ines Konschewitz rounded out the Lady Bisons in a tie for 38th after finishing with a +26, 170 (78, 92).
Host Austin Peay took home top honors on its home course behind a +43, 610. Lipscomb ended with a two-day total of +49, 625 (305, 320).
The Lady Bisons return to action Oct. 26-27 at the Braun Intercollegiate hosted by Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.
“The girls are really excited to win and they are all already talking about the next tournament, so I am thrilled about that and ready to get back on the course,” Rogers said.