BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Behind a four-stroke win from freshman Dawson Armstrong, the Lipscomb men’s golf team claimed the 2014 WKU Kenny Perry Invitational by eight strokes over host Western Kentucky on Tuesday.
“We’ve been playing well most of the fall but things just weren’t coming together,” said Lipscomb head coach Will Brewer. “It all just kind of came together for us in the second round yesterday and put ourselves in a really good position.
“We talked about processing and finishing the job with 54 holes. We are always trying to push that. I’m proud of the whole team but really proud of Dawson and Caston (Roberts) for their play both days. They are kind of the anchors of our team right now and they really had a desire to win and play well.”
The 54-hole event concluded with the Bisons firing a +15, 879 (293, 291, 295) to down the Hilltoppers, who combined for a +23, 887.
“We played through some difficult conditions with 25-30 mile-per-hour gusts and rain showers on a challenging golf course. We had a lot of moxie about us and that’s what I appreciate about golf. On days like these last two with inclement weather, if you can grind it out and have a desire to never make a bogey, you’re going to come out ahead.”
The reigning Atlantic Sun Conference Golfer of the Week, Dawson Armstrong claimed medalist honors in the event with a -4, 212 (68, 69, 75) to finish the tournament as the only player below par. The freshman was strong on the par-5’s in the event tying for tops in the tournament with 4.58 stroke average.
Senior Caston Roberts finished just six strokes back of Dawson Armstrong with a +2, 218 (71-74-73) that tied him for fifth place on the leaderboard. Sophomore Dowling Armstrong also played a big role in the team win on Tuesday finishing with the best round of the day, a -2, 70 that moved him to +9 overall and saw him finish in a tie for 21st after a 225 (77-78-70).
“I was really pleased with Dowling’s effort today,” said Brewer. “He has a world of talent. We’ve been waiting for it to come out and it came out well today.”
Sophomore Stoney Crouch finished two strokes behind the elder Armstrong with a +11, 227 (77, 73, 77) ahead of senior Tyler Leroy, who carded a +16, 232 (77, 75, 80) to round out the competitors for the Bisons.
“Things are getting better but we still aren’t where we need to be but I’m pleased with where we’ve come from since August 20th when we started,” said Brewer. “We feel like if we play well, we can compete with most of the teams in the country.”
The Bisons return to action on Oct. 20-21 in the Pinetree Intercollegiate in Kennesaw, Georgia hosted by Kennesaw State.