May 18, 2012

Top 10 Finish at Nationals for Griffin

SIMPSONVILLE, Ky. - He started the tournament with a birdie. He ended the tournament with a birdie. In between, Georgia Southwestern golfer J.P. Griffin continued to play some terrific golf at the three-round, three-day NCAA Division II National Championships. Griffin finished at 4-under par and tied for ninth place in the 108-player field.

In Thursday's final round, Griffin shot a 1-under 71. He racked up four birdies to go with a trio of bogeys.

Josh Creel from Central Oklahoma defeated Jim Knous from Colorado Schools of Mines in a playoff to claim the 2012 NCAA Division II individual national championship. Creel posted a par on the 18th hole in the playoff to obtain the title. Both men had a 10-under heading into the playoff. Ben Taylor from Nova Southeastern finished two strokes back at 8-under to take third place.

Griffin was tied for 23rd place after Round 1 on Tuesday after shooting even par, but jumped 15 spots thanks to a six-birdie, three-bogey round on Wednesday to enter the final day tied for eighth.

The Glennville native birdied nine different holes on the 7,092-yard par 72 Cardinal Club Golf Course. He played particularly well on holes 1, 9, 10, 12 & 17 where he was a combined 10-under. Holes No. 11 and No. 18 were the equalizers. He finished a combined 6-over on those two holes.

Griffin was one of eight individuals in the country to qualify for an at-large invitation to the national championships. Griffin finished with the lowest score of those qualifiers. 

Here's a look at Griffin's scorecards from the tournament:

Start hole: 10 Course:
hole
distance
1
423
2
366
3
206
4
617
5
413
6
316
7
452
8
166
9
530
out
3489
10
353
11
430
12
233
13
558
14
439
15
407
16
205
17
508
18
470
in
3603
total
7092
par 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 5 36 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 5 4 36 72
score 3 4 3 5 5 4 5 3 4 36 3 4 2 5 4 4 3 5 5 35 71
+/- par -2 -2 -2 -2 -1 -1 E E -1 E -1 -1 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -1 -1 -1

 

Start hole: 10 Course:
hole
distance
1
423
2
366
3
206
4
617
5
413
6
316
7
452
8
166
9
530
out
3489
10
353
11
430
12
233
13
558
14
439
15
407
16
205
17
508
18
470
in
3603
total
7092
par 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 5 36 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 5 4 36 72
score 4 4 2 5 5 4 3 3 4 34 4 5 2 5 3 4 3 4 5 35 69
+/- par -1 -1 -2 -2 -1 -1 -2 -2 -3 -2 E +1 E E -1 -1 -1 -2 -1 -1 -3

 

Start hole: 1 Course:
hole
distance
1
423
2
366
3
206
4
617
5
413
6
316
7
452
8
166
9
530
out
3489
10
353
11
430
12
233
13
558
14
439
15
407
16
205
17
508
18
470
in
3603
total
7092
par 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 5 36 4 4 3 5 4 4 3 5 4 36 72
score 3 4 3 5 4 4 4 2 5 34 3 6 3 5 5 4 3 4 5 38 72
+/- par -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -2 -2 -2 -3 -1 -1 -1 E E E -1 E +2 E

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