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Golf teams set to begin fall season

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Sept. 10, 2006

Regardless of the results, the 2006 season is bound to be an exciting one for the Lipscomb golf program. For the past 39 years, one thing has remained unchanged for the program. Dr. Ralph Samples served as head coach. However, the 2006 Bisons, will be led by a new coach, Buddy Harston.

After 29 years as a professional golfer, Harston has returned to his alma mater to take over as the head coach of both the men's and women's teams. Harston played baseball for Lipscomb from 1970-1974 and served as assistant baseball coach from 1974-1977.

Much has changed for the Bisons' golf teams this season, but Harston believes that the team's desire to improve will lead them to success.

"I expect to see both teams improve their swing fundamentals, short game, and their fitness," Harston said. "All the freshman, Clint Suggs, Andrew Green, Samuel Marcrom, and John Higgins are capable of pushing the upper classmen for a spot on the traveling squad."

The women's team will be led by senior captain Brittney Beard, while the men's team will look towards team captains, Cody Hale and Parker Beck.

Cody Hale has been a leading contributor on the men's team for several seasons, setting many school records in the process.

Regardless of the many roster changes (primarily on the men's team), Harston is confident that with hard work and determination both teams will experience their share of success.

"We have set specific performance goals for each player but we steer clear of expectations during tournaments," Harston said. "You will play better if you work hard in practice but stay in the present when you compete. Expectations are in the future."