MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s golf team got off to a solid start in the 2014 Memphis Intercollegiate on Monday at the Colonial Country Club but could not keep pace finishing the first day of action tied for 10th in the 13-team field.
“I was a little disappointed today in that I thought we were a little bit better prepared,” said Lipscomb head men’s golf coach Will Brewer. “I think we will play better tomorrow. There was a lot of good stuff but there were things here and there that hurt us. We did not putt very well and lost some shots on the greens.”
The Bisons led the way for much of the early going in the first round but the Purple and Gold struggled during the final nine holes of the opening round to shoot a +11, 299. Lipscomb followed up the opening round with a +14, 302 in the second stanza of competition in the bluff city.
“With the first tournament of the year, expectations are high,” said Brewer. “I think we played a little tentative instead of just going and believing in ourselves. I think we’ll have a better showing tomorrow.”
Freshman Dawson Armstrong, who spent much of the day among the leaders in the event, fired a -1, 71 in the first round before shooting a +4, 75 to finish the day +3 in a tie for 21st. Sophomore Stoney Crouch opened the day with an even par, 72 in the first round but finished the day at +5 in a tie for 33rd.
“Dawson and Stoney played well in the first 18 but in the second 18 no one had a really good outing,” said Brewer. “We just didn’t have it but we are learning where we are and what we need to do to get better.”
Sophomores Mikey Feher (+9, T-54) and Dowling Armstrong (+10, T-58) along with senior Caston Roberts (+10, T-58) rounded out the competitors for the Bisons.
Event host Memphis mounted a strong finish on Monday to end the day atop the leaderboard with a -1, 575, just one stroke ahead of Louisiana Tech and two strokes ahead of Mississippi State.
Action concludes in the 54-hole event on Tuesday with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
Follow the live scoring for the event at https://www.birdiefire.com/tournament/5872/