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A Family Affair: USJ Golfer will be 4th Generation Union Student

By Greg Hammond
By ghammond@wbbjtv.com

Ann Elizabeth Lynch has played golf for 7 years.

“I was horrible when I started, but I guess everybody is,” said Lynch.

Her grandfather, Tom Humphreys, introduced her to the sport.

“When I was in the 6th grade my grandfather was like, 'well I hear they have a golf team at USJ.' He was like, ‘you want to join?’ I was like 'well, I don’t know anything about golf.' He kind of suggested that he would give me lessons if I joined the team, so I thought, why not,?” Lynch said recalling how she started playing the sport.

Lynch has had a successful prep career. She has represented USJ at the regional and state levels.

“Tom Talkington helped me out a lot and also Jeff Manley,” said Lynch.

“My game got more serious last year when my coach was like you really do have a chance to play in college and if you practice and stick with it then you really can play in college,” said Lynch.

Ann Elizabeth considered a number of different schools including UT Chattanooga and Murray State, but she could not escape her special connection to Union University.

“Both of my parents graduated from Union. That’s where they met. My grandfather, my mom’s dad, He graduated from Union and also my grandparents,” said Lynch. "I wasn’t sure if I was going to Union at first. They offered me a golf scholarship and I thought. let's try it out."

And that will allow Ann Elizabeth to continue playing in front of her biggest fans: Her parents.

“Neither of my parents play golf. I could get a 15 on a hole and my dad would be like, ‘That’s my daughter’.”