UNF Goes Back-to-Back as Women's @ASUN_Golf Champs; Griffith Wins Playoff

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BRASELTON, Ga. - For the eighth time in ASUN Conference Women's Golf Championship history, a team won back-to-back titles as North Florida took home the crown by seven strokes on Monday. Lipscomb's Samantha Griffith made program history as she became the first Bisons player to win the medalist honor in a playoff. 

The Ospreys shot a five-over par 297 on Monday, led by the play of All-Tournament selection Sydney Shrader, four Ospreys finished inside the top-10. Shrader led North Florida with an even-par 73 to finish in third place. Megan Wilshire fired a one-over 74 to end in a tie for sixth. Teresa Conroy (T8th) and Nathalie Nygren (T10th) rounded out the impressive outing for the Ospreys. 

The individual medalist honor was decided in a playoff for the first time since 2012, when Samantha Griffith of Lipscomb made a birdie on the 18th green to take home Lipscomb's first women's golf individual title. With Dawson Armstrong winning on the men's side, it marks the fifth time in ASUN Golf history that both medalist winners came from the same school, and first since 2010. Griffith, who held the 54-hole lead coming into the day, carded three birdies on her way to an even-par 73. She held the clubhouse lead by one stroke with an even-par score of 219.

FGCU's Megan Blonien birdied was one shot back and birdied 18 to force a playoff. Both golfers went back to 18, and this time Griffith put her second shot inches from the hole to secure the title. With the Bisons finishing in last place on the team leaderboard, Griffith becomes the first player from a last place team to be the individual winner. The previous low came in 1994, when the winner came from a seventh place team. 

The Eagles were in the hunt for most of the day as FGCU looked for its first-ever women's golf title. Megan Blonien carded a two-under par 71 after making five birdies, including a cluth birdie on 18 to send her into a playoff for the individual medalist honor. The Eagles ended up with a 303 on Monday and finished seven strokes off the lead. Kelsy Holbert finished in a tie for 10th to give the Eagles two top-10 finishers. 

Kennesaw State fired the low round of the day as Medy Thavong (69; -4) and Dulcie Sverloff (69; -4) had the low round of the day and tied Griffith for the lowest in this year's championship. The team's 294 today was the lowest of any team this week at the championship. Jacksonville came in fourth place after moving up one spot in today's final round. Amanda Detmer (T6th) and Michelle Forsland (T8th) paced the Dolphins with top-10 finishes. 

Stetson, USC Upstate and Lipscomb rounded out the standings in the ASUN Women's Golf Championship on Monday. North Florida earns the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals, while Griffith will play in the regionals for the first time as an individual. The NCAA Regional Selection Show will be on April 27th. 

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