When the Lipscomb men’s golf team hits the first tee at the 2015 Atlantic Sun Conference Championship in Braselton, Georgia on Sunday, the Bisons will be looked on as strong contenders for the league crown. That is a something that has rarely been the case in the NCAA Division I era for the Purple and Gold.
The Bisons will face a tough challenge to overcome top-30 foes Kennesaw State and North Florida but Lipscomb head coach Will Brewer believes that the team has worked hard enough during the season to put them in contention in the 3-day, 54-hole event at the Legends Golf Club.
“If we can get all of our guys playing well at the conference championship, I think we have a really good chance to compete against North Florida and Kennesaw State,” said Brewer. “We have a tall task ahead of us but I’m really a believer that if we process well and it comes together, we can compete with those guys.”
The rankings also put Jacksonville in direct competition with the Bisons as the Dolphins are ranked 98th and 94th by GolfWeek and GolfStat.com, respectively. Lipscomb follows just behind with a 115 mark by Golfweek and a 118 ranking by GolfStat.com.
“Jacksonville’s ranked nationally ahead of us and they’ve had a pretty good year. Statistically, we are three or four but Jordan Spieth wasn’t the number one player in the world last weekend when he won the Master’s either.
“Golf is such a fickle game. You can play well and not get anything out of it or you can play okay and get a lot out of it. Over a three-round competition, on a very challenging golf course you will see who’s playing the best.”
Freshman Dawson Armstrong is a player that is expected to help lead the way for the Purple and Gold. The newcomer has led the team in almost every tournament this season and finished in the top 12 in seven of the last eight tournaments.
Along with Armstrong, fellow rookie Eric Ansett has been a big contributor for Lipscomb as the squad heads into the postseason. The duo has added a layer of competition on the course that Brewer believes has helped propel the team this season.
“I think we are deeper and have seven or eight guys that are beating up on each other in qualifying and practice every day. The freshman class has done well. Dawson has come in and competed well in just about every tournament for the top-5 or top-10.
“The intentionality and being deeper has helped us with our confidence and goals. We’ve played with teams that are perennially better than us and there’s a small difference but we’re closing that gap.”
That small difference was evident last week when the Bisons posted one of the strongest finishes of the season coming in fourth in the 18-team field at the Liberty Spring Invitational behind No. 10 Oklahoma, No. 19 North Carolina and host Liberty.
The Bisons look to continue that strong play and top last season’s fifth-place finish at the A-Sun Championship that is currently the high-water mark for the program since joining the conference.
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