LEXINGTON - Asbury University women's golfer Hannah Griffith finished day one with an 81 and sat atop the leaderboard and fired off the lowest score of the day on Tuesday (75) to capture a three-stroke win over the field at Midway's Invitational tournament at the University Club of Kentucky Monday and Tuesday. She edged out Marian's Emily Tilton and Bethel (Ind.) Annie Smith by three and six strokes, respectively.
The Eagles, who finished fourth as a team and just five strokes behind Midway, improved their position from day one with a much stronger second round on Tuesday. A 31 stroke difference from round one (358) to round two (327) allowed AU to jump Bethel in the standings and nearly complete the comeback into third over Midway.
The Eagles outshot Midway as a team by seven strokes on the second day.
With Griffith atop the leaderboard, Claire Watts tried her best to break into the top 15 with a 14-shot improvement on the second day. After firing off a 95 in the first round the freshman responded and turned in a plus-9, 81 for her second round. She finished in 16th place.
Madison Farr (T17) and Julie Spaulding (T19) responded with much better rounds for the second-18. Farr went from a 90 on day one to an 87 on day two and Spaulding shaved 10 strokes off her 94 in round one for an 84 in the second round.
The Eagles were undone on the team leaderboard by Marian, who after a first-round, fourth place 355 turned in a 312 on the second day. They took the team trophy in the tournament.
AU will finish the regular season at the River States Conference Tournament held at Lassing Pointe in Florence on April 24 and 25.