BRASELTON, Ga. – Led by top-5 finishes by freshmen Dawson Armstrong and Eric Ansett, the Lipscomb men’s golf notched a school-best, third-place finish in the 2015 Atlantic Sun Championship on Tuesday at the Chateau Elan Legends Course.
“We’ve put in a lot of hard work this year and accomplished a number of our goals,” said Lipscomb head coach Will Brewer. “On paper we were supposed to finish fourth and we finished very close to second and within striking distance of first.
“Tyler (Leroy), Caston (Roberts), Stoney (Croush), Eric and Dawson all did extremely well and worked hard. They committed to what our emphasis is with process, focus and patience. We did that in an extremely challenging week with rain, then playing 17 and the final 37 today. It was a challenge in a lot of different ways but it was the same challenge for everyone and I’m pleased with how we responded
It was a record-setting tournament for the Bisons as Armstrong earned a 2nd-place finish after North Florida medalist Austin Padova birdied the final hole of the tournament to avoid a playoff. After shooting the lowest round for a Lipscomb player in tournament history with a first-round 67, Armstrong closed the tournament with a par 70 and a one-over 71 to finish with a one-under, 208 for the event.
“We were hoping that Dawson would have a chance to play for the title after he birdied the last hole, but Padova made a great putt to win by a shot,” said Brewer. “It was exciting just to be in that position.”
Fellow rookie joined Armstrong on the All-Tournament team with a 5th-place effort after finishing the event with a two-over, 212 (73-71-68). Ansett climbed four spots on Tuesday to grab his first top-5 finish.
“Putting two freshmen in the top-5 is an indication that the Lipscomb golf program is here to compete,” said Brewer. “For Eric and Dawson to do what they did is very exciting for me as a coach and our program.
Sophomore Stoney Crouch just missed out on a top-10 finish with a tie for 11th after shooting a +7, 217 (72-72-73). Seniors Caston Roberts and Tyler Leroy both ended their playing careers with top-25 efforts as Roberts placed 22nd behind a +19, 229 (82-75-72), while Leroy tied for 24th with a +21, 231 (76-79-76).
Powered by a final round 277, No. 26 North Florida finished as the 2015 Atlantic Sun champions behind a +9, 849 (290-282-277). That gave the Ospreys a 6-stroke advantage over No. 24 Kennesaw State. Lipscomb finished the 54-hole event with a +20, 860 (288-288-284) with all three rounds besting the Bisons previous low round of 292.
“We just had an overall good team effort this week,” said Brewer. “I think it’s going to help our overall rankings and our respect among the better teams. We challenged the 24th and 26th-ranked teams in the country this week and came up a little bit short but we are nipping at their heels and that feels good.”