The opening tournament of the spring season for the Lipscomb Bisons golf team has not been as bright as the California sun they are enjoying.
After two rounds Monday in the North Ranch Intercollegiate at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif., the Bisons are 11th with a 619 score, 51 strokes over par.
Lipscomb coach Will Brewer is not discouraged by the effort of his team.
“We didn’t execute well,” Brewer said. “This golf course is one that you need to play a few times to get comfortable with where you can hit it and where you can’t hit it.
“We didn’t putt the ball very well. The greens are very fast. It is the beginning of the season. We are just not as sharp as we need to be. I am still proud of the way the guys played.”
Blanton Farmer had the low score of the day for the Bisons with a 74 in the second round. He shot a 76 the first round for a 152 which placed him in a tie for 41st overall.
Dustin Wilder is tied for 46th with a 153 (76, 77). Ryan Terry is tied for 56th with a 157 (79, 78). Alex Cox is tied for 58th with a 158 (75, 83). Paul Kleine-Kracht finished the day with a 162 (80, 82).
“Paul played the last 13 holes at one-under par after a pretty tough start,” Brewer said. “I was proud of the way he came back. Blanton came back and played a better second 18.”
The tournament closes out Tuesday with 18 holes. Brewer is expecting a strong showing from his players.
“We are a swing, a chip or putt away from having a pretty good round,” Brewer said. “We know the golf course more after a practice round and two tournament rounds. We should feel a little more comfortable.
“It is just a matter of execution. We have to make putts. They know they didn’t play to their ability. I think they will come out motivated.”