Freshman Hannah Griffin became the first golfer from FHU to play in the NAIA national tournament by winning the TranSouth/KIAC Championship at Canebreak in Athens, Ala.
With a bid to the national tournament hanging on the back nine, the freshman played like a senior who had been in this situation before. Griffin posted three birdies in her last nine holes to shoot even par on the back side and follow her opening-round 78 with an 81, which turned out to be good enough for a one-shot win and a trip to the NAIA Women’s Golf National Championships in Lincoln, Neb., on May 21-24. She closed out her final four holes in one under par.
Griffin’s success marks the first time that either FHU golf program has been represented at the national tournament. It was also the second tournament win this spring for Griffin, who also won her first start of the spring at the Christian Brothers Spring Invitational in Bartlett, Tenn.
Griffin (78-81—159) made the all-tournament team along with teammate Olivia Fowler, who shot a pair of 82’s and finished in fifth place.