US based McCarthy, Cummins and Griffin secure collegiate wins

Yesterday, both Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little) and Maeve Cummins (Lurgan) both secured individual victories for their respective colleges in the US. ​

  • 10 April 2019

​Caption: Julie McCarthy (Auburn) with Tennessee Junior Michaela Williams at the Clemson Invitational. Picture courtesy of Auburn

Olivia Mehaffey (RCDL) etched her place in history last weekend when she finished T23 at the inaugural Augusta National Women’ Amateur. A day later, Leona Maguire claimed her first win as a Professional at the Windsor Classic in California. Yesterday, both Julie McCarthy (Forrest Little) and Maeve Cummins (Lurgan) both secured individual victories for their respective colleges in the US. 

Heading into the weekend, NCAA Division I Auburn's Julie McCarthy had already logged five top-five finishes this season. The sophomore finally broke through with her first collegiate victory at the Clemson Invitational held at The Reserve at Lake Keowee. She and Tennessee junior Micheala Williams shared the individual title as they each finished at 8-under par through the first two rounds.
The third round was cancelled on Tuesday due to inclement weather but McCarthy had done enough in the first two rounds.

"I'm obviously very thrilled for Julie," Auburn head coach Melissa Luellen said. "It's her first collegiate win. She's been playing so solid, and I know that seeing a win beside her name when it comes to All-America selections will really help vault her. She's looking at First Team right now. I think that's really exciting for her." 

McCarthy, who shot a career-low 66 in the first round, finished the event with 11 birdies. 

Meanwhile, four days after being named the Carson-Newlan Eagles (NCAA Division II) Freshman of the Year, Maeve Cummins took the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) tournament crown with a three-over total to help Carson-Newman solidify a fourth-place finish on Tuesday at the Lake Hickory Country Club.

Cummins (Lurgan) notched her second win of the season in the event and was level par for a second-consecutive round on Tuesday, giving her a three-over finish for the event. Cummins carded a pair of bogeys and birdies on the day to give her the win.  Her 219 total score is the third-best total scored at the tournament in SAC history.

Both wins come a week after Catriona Griffin (Killarney) secured her third collegiate victory at the Purgatory Intercollegiate in Noblesville, Indiana. Northwestern Ohio's Griffin was subsequently selected as the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Women's Golfer of the Week for the week ending March 31.
Griffin and the ‘Racers’ had a record-setting day at the tournament. Individually, Griffin set a school record for an individual round with a 68 as she carded a bogey-free round that included 14 pars and four birdies.

The tournament was shortened to just one round as Saturday's second and final round was rained out. However, this is the fifth time that Griffin has been named as the WHAC Women's Golfer of the Week in her career, receiving the honour during the fall season on October 8 and earning it three times during the 2017-18 campaign (September 4, September 18, April 2).