Bell, Griggs are Summit League Golfers of the Month

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – For the second consecutive month, Oral Roberts’ Sarah Bell earned TicketSmarter #SummitGF Golfer of the Month accolades.

This time Bell was recognized with Carson Griggs of Sand Springs as both players turned in spectacular performances in October.

For Bell, her lone event during the month was a record-breaking one in several different categories as she coasted to medalist honors, posting a seven-stroke victory at the Ozarks National Invitational.

The junior from Jackson, Mo., won the tournament with a program record 54-hole score of 202 (-14) as ORU won the team competition by 11 strokes and finished a 54-hole event under par as a team for the first time in program history. Bell finished with 18 birdies of her own.

Bell closed the tournament with a 65 (-7), tying her own single-round program record that she set in September in the final round at the Johnie Imes Invitational. She shot in the 60’s in each of the three rounds after opening with a 69 (-3) and shooting 68 (-4) in the second round.

Griggs blistered the Ka’anapali Golf Course, finishing runner-up at the Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate with a 198 (-15) total over 54 holes. The Sand Springs, Okla., native became just the fourth Pioneer to break 200 in a three-round event, posting the third-lowest score in program history.

After opening with a 68 (-3), Griggs tied DU’s single-round scoring record with a bogey-free 62 (-9) that featured seven birdies and an eagle. He capped the tournament with another 68 (-3) to finish one stroke off the pace set by Loyola Maryland’s Brandon Berry. Griggs finished the event with 18 birdies and was nine-under on the Par 5’s.

Griggs opened the month with a top-30 finish at the Paintbrush Invitational and finished October with the best stroke average among Summit League golfers at 70.8.

FEMALE GOLFER OF THE MONTH
Sarah Bell, Oral Roberts
Jr. | Jackson, Mo.

  • Tied her own single-round scoring record (65; -7) and broke her 54-hole scoring mark (202; -14) en route to medalist honors and a seven-shot victory at the Ozarks National Invitational.
  • Shot in the 60’s during all three rounds and made a tournament-best 18 birdies
  • Helped ORU post a 54-hole team score under par for the first time in program history
  • This is the second straight monthly honor for Bell, who has two career weekly honors to her credit

Also nominated: Lani Potter, South Dakota State, Catherine Monty, North Dakota State; Jinna Boonbumrungsuk, Omaha; Katie Tanner, Western Illinois; Laerke Jensen, South Dakota.

MALE GOLFER OF THE MONTH
Carson Griggs, Denver
Sr. | Sand Springs, Okla.

  • Registered best stroke average among Summit League golfers in October at 70.8
  • Finished runner-up at the Ka’anapali Classic Collegiate with a 198 (-15) total, which was the third-lowest 54-hole score in DU program history
  • Equaled the program single-round scoring record with a 62 (-9) in the second round
  • This is the first monthly honor for Griggs, who has three career weekly honors to his credit as well

Also nominated: Max Schmidtke, South Dakota; Wyatt Spier, Western Illinois; Mathew Halovorson, Omaha; Jack Tanner, South Dakota State

2021-22 Summit League Golfers of the Month
September
Female: Sarah Bell, Oral Roberts
Male: Jackson Solem, Denver

October
Female: Sarah Bell, Oral Roberts
Male: Carson Griggs, Denver


 

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