KENNESAW, Ga. – Powered by a final-round, 7-under par from freshman Dawson Armstrong, the Lipscomb men’s golf team roared back to a third-place finish in the 2014 Pinetree Invitational.
The Bisons opened the day in seventh place in the event hosted at the Pinetree Country Club. The Purple and Gold started the day sixth strokes out of third at +21 and responded by finishing the invitational with a +17, 881 (298, 299, 284).
“I think I may be more proud of today’s round than I am the win at the Kenny Perry Intercollegiate last week,” said Lipscomb head men’s golf coach Will Brewer. “This was a very challenging golf course with PGA tour-speed greens and we were up against some really strong competition.
“I think it’s the first time in school history that we’ve beaten a team ranked in the top-25 with East Carolina being ranked eighteenth in the country. It was another big step in the right direction in the process of what we are trying to do here at Lipscomb.”
The final day, 282 for Lipscomb was the top team score of the day but not enough to chase down tournament champion, No. 34 Kennesaw State or second-place Liberty. The host Owls ran away with the event with a -19 after setting the tournament record with a 276 in the first round on their home course.
Entering the day +4 after the first 36 holes, Dawson Armstrong was the golfer to beat in the final 18 holes carding the best score of the day by three strokes. The reigning Atlantic Sun Conference Golfer of the Week finished the event in fifth with a -2, 214 (74, 75, 66).
“I’m extremely proud of Dawson shooting seven under without a bogey,” said Brewer. “That’s quite a feat on that golf course and I’m proud of what he’s doing.”
Senior Caston Roberts also had a big hand in the Bisons surge on Tuesday as the veteran finished the day with a -1, 71 to end the tournament tied for 12th. Roberts finished the event with a +4, 220 (73-76-71).
“Caston played well again for us,” said Brewer. “The stat that sticks out for me is five guys played the last nine holes nine under par. We didn’t start great this morning and I wasn’t sure what type of day we would end up having but they turned it on and it was exciting.”
Sophomore Stoney Crouch also finished the tourney strong with a +1, 73 to finish seven-over in a tie for 16th, his best finish of the fall. Fellow classmates Mikey Feher and Dowling Armstrong followed Crouch finishing tied for 23rd and 45th, respectively. Feher finished the final 18 with a +3, 75 giving him a 227 (73, 79, 75) for the tourney. Dowling Armstrong turned in a final-round +5, 77 for a final score of 236 (83, 76, 77).
“We really seemed to gel today,” said Brewer. “All in all, I’m really excited and I’m looking forward to finishing up next weekend at the Grove. We will prepare, see how we do and then take a little break before the spring.”
The Bisons wrap up fall action with the Grove Intercollegiate, a three-day event that gets underway on Sunday at the Grove in College Grove. The 54-hole tournament is co-hosted by Lipscomb and Middle Tennessee and features a 12-team field.