MURRAY, KY. - The Lipscomb men’s golf team left Murray, Ky., as the winner of the Murray State Invitational after defeating Alabama State in a two-hole playoff.
The Bisons finished the tournament with a combined score of 857 (plus-5).
“We started and played well all week,” said head coach Will Brewer. “I am very proud of how my guys stepped up.
“Today we came out and executed. No one just played extremely well, but it was good enough to win. They guys did what they were supposed to do.”
After playing the first two rounds on Monday, Lipscomb was tied for the lead with Alabama State.
“We knew we would have a good opportunity today,” Brewer said. “I have a lot of confidence in this team.
“We had a lot of birdies coming in and that eventually helped position us to challenge.”
Lipscomb finished the third round of play in a tie with Alabama State, setting the stage for a playoff.
Alabama State played the hole first and finished at two-over, then it was Lipscomb’s turn. The Bisons played the hole at even par and the players thought they had won.
It was brought to the attention of tournament officials that one of the Bisons helped another player read a putt, resulting in a two-stroke penalty and pushing the playoff to another hole.
The second playoff, Lipscomb dominated and out shot Alabama State by eight strokes, resulting in the Bisons being crowned the champions.
“We thought we had won after the first playoff, until we were told a penalty would be given,” said Brewer. “What makes me so happy is that the guys didn’t get down on themselves. They took it like men and did what they were supposed to do.”
The Bisons were paced by freshmen Sydney Chung and Mikey Feher. They both finished at one-over par and tied for eighth overall.
Chung posted rounds of 75-67-72 for a total of 214.
Feher finished under par in two of his three rounds, 70-74-70.
“We had a lot of birdies rolling in throughout the tournament that helped us win,” said Brewer.
Paul Klein-Kracht finished one stroke behind Chung and Feher at 215. His three rounds of 70-74-71 placed him in a tie for 11th.
Senior Dustin Wilder was steady with scores of 72-73-73. His 218 finished tied for 18th.
Dowling Armstrong rounded out the Bisons with a 221 (77-70-74). All five Lipscomb players placed in the top 30 of a field containing 80 competitors.
“Our team has a strong desire to win,” Brewer said. “They practice hard and are very committed.
“Today showed where we are as a team. They are all growing as men as each day passes.”
Playing as an individual, Ryan Terry finished fifth among the individuals with scores of 76-77-76 for a total of 229.
The Bisons finished third in their first tournament of the year in September, but knew they had an opportunity to win the next time out.
“After our first tournament, I knew we would have a really good chance in win our next tournament if we played well,” Brewer said. “I was confident and knew that we would only get better because each of our guys push one another to be great.
“The hardest tournament we are going to have is our qualifications for each tournament. We recruited strong players in the offseason and our remaining team is strong and committed.”
Brewer has spent the past year trying to rebrand the golf program. He believes winning the tournament moves the program closer to completing that task.
“It authenticates what we are trying to do at Lipscomb with the golf programs,” said Brewer. “Anytime you win and get people talking about you and what you are doing, it only helps the brand.”
The Bisons will tee it up again in two weeks when they travel to Clarksville, Tenn., to play in the APSU Intercollegiate on Oct. 14-15.