Griffin edges in front ahead of Student Series climax

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Ryan Griffin of Maynooth University (Photo by Oisin Keniry/R&A via Getty Images)

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Ryan Griffin was delighted to grind out a terrific round of 71 in brutal conditions at St Andrews and he will take a one shot lead into the final round of the R&A Student Series Final.

The Maynooth University student has been battling a back injury all week but managed to card six birdies, three bogeys and a double to hit the front on two-over-par.

Griffin is on course to successfully defend the Order of Merit title which he won last year and if he wins it would be his first win of this season’s Student Series.

The Donegal man would also be in pole position to secure a second appearance at the Palmer Cup in Lahinch this July.

“I was delighted with how today went. Conditions were very unfavourable. I got some nice birdies to start then was unlucky with the double on the fifth, lost a ball there but followed it up with another two birdies which was a good bounce back.

“It was pretty good, hit the ball nicely, hit a lot of decent shots considering the conditions, so I’m happy out going into tomorrow, hopefully hit a few more good shots and hole a few more putts.”

Maynooth University’s Eoin Murphy is just three shots off the pace on five=over while Jack Hearn is a shot further back.

Meanwhile Kate Lanigan remains in third place in the women’s section on six-over but is now a whopping eleven shots behind Lucy Jamieson who used course knowledge to great effect with a stunning 68.


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