Wednesday, April 27, 2011
The Lipscomb Men’s Golf team has announced the signing of four newcomers to next year’s team.
Two central Kentucky natives Taylor Combs and Nate Johnson along with Tennessee natives Paul Kleine-Kracht and Braden Baugh will join the Bisons golf program in the fall.
Lipscomb head coach Buddy Harston said he is looking forward to having each one of these recruits join the team.
“We are excited because we got everybody that we actually went after,” Harston said. “I look for all four of those guys to come in and compete for a travel spot.”
Combs played high school golf at Lexington Christian Academy, and Johnson attended Jessamine High School in Nicholasville, Ky. Harston said both of these players are highly recruited athletes and should make an immediate impact on the team.
“I think the two guys from Kentucky are blue chippers,” Harston said. “We also have two very capable Tennessee products joining us, Paul Kleine-Kracht from Ravenwood High School in Franklin and Braden Baugh from Hendersonville High School.”
The Bisons will need all four of the signees to contribute as the team tries to fill the void of losing seniors Andrew Brock and Brandon Mundie. Next year’s team will have no seniors and consist of eight underclassmen, placing the Bisons among one of the youngest teams in the Atlantic Sun.
Lipscomb will have two juniors on next year’s squad. Blanton Farmer is one of those juniors and he will be next season’s captain. Farmer also played at Lexington Christian Academy.
“Blanton played golf with Taylor Combs,” Harston said. “He also knows Nate (Johnson). All three of those guys played a lot of golf together up in Lexington.”
Lipscomb finished 11th in the A-Sun Championships this spring. Although Lipscomb will rely heavily on young players next season, Harston said he is looking forward to the addition of these four recruits.
“We are very excited that these four have decided to become Bisons,” Harston said. “All four have really good work ethics which is the key to improvement in golf. I expect that each one of them will immediately come in and push the upperclassmen for a starting spot next August.”