JACKSON, Tenn. - After taking the lead in the first round the Lipscomb Bisons golf team has slipped to second place after 36 holes at the Grover Page Classic.
The Bisons shot a team score of 292 in the first round and followed that up with a 300 in the second 18 holes Monday at the Jackson Country Club. They are four strokes behind Union University with a team score of 588 (302, 286).
Blanton Farmer led the field after the first 18 holes with a score of 68 but has dropped to third after shooting a 74 in the second round. Ryan Terry was tied for second after shooting a 71, but is tied at sixth after a round of 74.
“Blanton and Ryan both started off putting well,” LU director of golf Will Brewer said. “Ryan had six birdies and an eagle in the morning round and three birdies in the afternoon.
“The putter got hot for both of them early, but they didn’t putt quite as well in the afternoon. It is the type of golf course where the areas around the greens are soft and mushy because of the weather conditions. The greens are Bermuda grass and they are pretty firm. We weren’t off a lot.”
Paul Kleine-Kracht tied for ninth with a first round 74, but is tied for 18th after a second round 77.
Rounding out the scoring for the Bisons are Dustin Wilder and Nathan Mueting. Dustin Wilder was tied for 40th after a first round 79, but climbed to a tie for 30th with a second round 75.
Mueting had also been tied for 40th, but dropped to a tie for 53rd with a second round 83.
Tennessee-Martin, the tournament’s host team, is in third place after 36 holes with a team score of 594, two strokes behind the Bisons.
The tournament is 54 holes with the final 18 to be played Tuesday. Rain and cold hampered the first two rounds and cold weather is expected to be a factor for the final 18.
“I was very pleased with the effort today,” Brewer said. “It was a windy, very wet and cold day which is a difficult combination when you play golf.
“I was really proud of the effort that Blanton and Ryan put forth in the first round. They didn’t play quite as well in the afternoon, but Dustin and Paul played better in the second round.”
Other schools in the field are Murray State, Southern Illinois, Tennessee Tech, Morehead State, Tennessee State, John A. Logan Community College, Trevecca Nazarene, Jackson State and Bethel College.
Brewer plans to talk briefly with his players at breakfast Tuesday morning.
“It is going to be pretty cold, but hopefully we will start with some birdies and get some momentum going and try to win one,” Brewer said. “They know what is important. We will talk about the process and the importance of only paying attention to what we are doing.
“It is still anybody’s game. Our mental preparedness was very good today. It is about their desire, effort and making some putts. We have to put it all together in one round.”