Men's golf finishes 10th at Rice Intercollegiate
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
By Kirk Downs
Men's golf finishes 10th at Rice Intercollegiate

HUMBLE, Texas - The Lipscomb Bisons golf team finished 10th in the Rice Intercollegiate on Tuesday to close out the first tournament of the spring.

The Bisons shot a combined three-round total of 907 (+43) at the Westwood Golf Club near Houston, Texas.

“It is really our first three days in a row we have been able to play golf since November,” Lipscomb coach Will Brewer said. “Everyone is a little rusty. They lacked confidence around the greens and didn’t chip the ball very well.

“The wind was blowing today. When you haven’t played a lot of golf lately with the wind, you lose confidence in your swing. But I think we had a great team session today after the event. We are learning how to process better and get stronger mentally and physically. I am not pleased with this weekend by any means. We will get better from this.”

Dowling Armstrong and Caston Roberts tied for the team lead after firing a 223 (plus-7). They each finished tied for 18th in an 84-man field.

Armstrong was the most consistent player for Lipscomb, carding rounds of 74-74-75. Roberts shot the low round of the week for the Purple and Gold with an opening round 70. He then shot 76-77 on the final 36 holes.

“Caston and Dowling played pretty well,” Brewer said. “But they each had a triple-bogey on a par-3. It is just one shot here and one shot there. If you take away a couple of bad holes from each of them, they are at even-par.”

Sydney Chung played the tournament at 14-over par with a three-round total of 230. The freshman fired his lowest round of the week on Tuesday with a 75. He shot 76-79 on Monday. Chung finished 41st.

Stoney Crouch opened the Rice Intercollegiate with a 74 in round one, before shooting 79-78 over the last two rounds. Crouch finished 45th at 15-over par (231).

Mikey Feher, the team’s stroke leader, played three of his highest scoring rounds in his Lipscomb career. Feher opened with an 83-82 on Monday, following that up with a 78 Tuesday. He played the 54-hole tournament at 27-over par (243) and finished 80th.

“I am somewhat disappointed no one stepped up and took charge this week,” Brewer said. “This bunch is competitive, but we need to step it up next week.”

The Bisons had some trouble on par-3s, finishing at (plus-12) for the week.

“We had a couple of triple bogeys that hurt,” Brewer said. “We are young and they just didn’t make smart decisions. I was very pleased with the effort and attitude though. We are going to be better at Pepperdine next week because we played this tournament.

“I think they realize that 90 percent of the time down here they played well. It is that 10 percent of the time where they struggled. It is one shot, one decision and one missed putt here and there and we have to learn from those mistakes.”

University of Texas San Antonio was crowned the tournament champions with a three-day total of 875 (plus-11).  Jamison Randall of Old Dominion took home the medalist after finishing with a five-under par 211 (72-70-69).

The Bisons return to the links on Monday Feb. 24 at the Jones Invitational hosted by Pepperdine University in Somis, Calif.