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Gracie Parrot wins 2021 NAIA Individual National Championship
courtesy Campbellsville University Athletics
Green County's Gracie Parrott, Campbellsville University golfer, won the NAIA Individual National Championship on Friday at Rose Creek Golf Course in Oklahoma City, Okla. Gracie is the daughter of Walt and Deana Coffey-Parrott and granddaughter of Billy Dean Coffey, 5th District Magistrate of Adair County.
"I'm so thankful for the opportunities that God has blessed me with and can't even begin to describe the feeling of this day and week," Parrott said. " This whole week has been a dream come true and I never imagined this actually becoming a reality."
In addition to her parents, family, teammates, coaches and caddy, Parrott wishes to thank her entire support system. "Thank you so much to everyone who has called, text, commented, shared, broke their refresh button on golf stats, prayed, etc because all the support from people back home has made this week 100x more special. I'm so happy we get to bring this championship title back home to Kentucky!"
Parrott is full of gratitude and has the intent of more improvements and wins.
"God has blessed me in so many ways and I'm forever grateful for the talent and opportunities he has given me. I can't wait to continue my career next year with my team and bring home some more hardware! GO TIGERS!!"
Parrott won the title after trailing by two shots at the completion of the third round earlier in the day on Friday.
Parrott shot her second-best score of the week with a 70 (-2) to finish the four-round tournament at 287 (-1) as she entered the clubhouse as the first group to finish and the leader. Parrott's 287 came after a first round 69 (-3), second round 73 (+1), third round 75 (+3) combined with the final round 70 to finish as the only player under par for the tournament.
With the title, Parrott becomes the first ever NAIA Individual National Champion in the sport of golf on either the men's or women's side in the history of Campbellsville University. She also earned the honor of All-Tournament Team as one of the top 15 individual players in the tournament.
Parrott was steady for the majority of her round on Friday as she only carded a single bogey on the day while adding three birdies. On the front, she birdied the fifth hole but gave the shot back on the sixth after her third-shot chip ran through the green and flirted with the hazard. She was able to come back and hit the second chip close to tap in for bogey.
Like she has all tournament, she played a strong nine holes on the back with two birdies and no bogeys with her birdies coming on holes 11 and 14. The only real trouble she found on the back where on holes 13 and 16 as she missed both greens but a good bunker shot on 13 and a chip on 16 to about three feet allowed her to get up and down for par.
On 11, her tee shot ended up in the left rough as she hit an approach that she didn't like off the club but it rolled up to about two feet of the hole as she hit the birdie putt. On the par five 14th, she stayed on the fairway through her first two shots as she was able to flip a wedge to about five feet and nail the putt for birdie to put her at two under for the round.
At the start of her round, due to the players continuing Thursday's third round Parrott's scores were unknown until they finished up the third round. At the completion of the third round, Taylor French was leading the tournament a one under with Parrott's tournament score after the third round at one over.
French fell off in a big way during the final round finishing at a tie for 10th after her fourth round 81. Parrott's playing partner over the third and fourth rounds, Gurman Knight of William Jessup ended up carding a final round 72 (E) to go into the clubhouse as the runner up at 290 (+2).
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