Griffith wins playoff to secure ASUN medalist honors
Monday, April 17, 2017
Griffith wins playoff to secure ASUN medalist honors

BRASELTON, Ga. – Behind a near perfect setup shot and subsequent birdie on the first playoff hole, Lipscomb’s Samantha Griffith claimed the first ASUN Women’s Golf Individual Championship in school history at the Legends Course at Chateau Elan in Braselton, Georgia.

“I am on cloud nine,” said Griffith. “It has not sunk in yet but I’m so happy.  It took a lot of mental strength that I did not know I had to just stay calm.  I just took it one shot at a time.”

Griffith entered the day with a one-stroke lead following the first 36 holes of action on Sunday.  The Ooltewah, Tennessee native would card a final round even-par, 73 to finish the event with a 219 (77-69-73).  It looked as if she would claim the tournament crown in regulation play but FGCU’s Megan Blonien sank a birdie on 18 to finish the day at two-under.

That led the duo back to the 18th tee where Griffith fired her second shot within 18 inches of the pin for an easy birdie to win the title as Blonien’s birdie try rimmed out.

“It felt good right after I hit it,” said Griffith. “I heard everyone screaming and thought I had made it or something, but I’ll take a tap-in birdie.  That was awesome.”

Herd notes:

  • Griffiths’ win not only marks the first victory in school history but also the first top-10 finish.
  • Her 219 also sets a new program best for the championship.
  • Griffith finished tied for second in the event with 11 birdies.
  • The Lady Bisons finished seventh as a team with a +101, 977 (345-314-318).
  • Lauryn Davidson finished in 31st with a +30, 249 (91-78-80).
  • Charley Benefield finished tied for 32nd behind a +37, 256 (86-85-85).
  • Hillary Reader ended the event two strokes behind Benefield in 34th with a +39, 258 (92-82-84).
  • Jenny Muesing finished the event in 35th. Muesing withdrew from Sunday’s second round but finished the event on Monday with a +7, 80.