MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Powered by 36 birdies, the Lipscomb men’s golf team opened action in the Memphis Intercollegiate in a tie for third place after 36 holes at the Colonial Country Club in Memphis.
“This is our second outing but our first stroke play event,” said Lipscomb director of golf Will Brewer. “We have a couple of guys who aren’t feeling well and we weren’t sure what we would find. We sort of sputtered during the first round and got off to a slow start but we got cranked up and had some good things happen in the second round.”
Sophomore Dawson Armstrong contributed 13 of those birdies along with an eagle to sit atop the leaderboard at -7 after shooting rounds of 72 and 65 to open the 54-hole event. The Brentwood native heads into the final 18 holes on Tuesday with a one-stroke advantage over Memphis’ Thomas Perrot and Central Arkansas’ Luis Obiolos, who both sit at -6.
“Dawson’s got his motor running right now and just kept getting better as the day went on,” said Brewer.
Fellow sophomore Eric Ansett had a pair of solid rounds as well, finishing the day with a +2, 146 after identical rounds of 73 putting him in a tie for 21st. Stoney Crouch and Mikey Feher each finished just two strokes back of Ansett as the duo finished their 36 holes at +4.
Crouch opened the day with a -1 through 18 before shooting five over par in the second round. Feher meanwhile did the exact opposite of Crouch carding a +5 in the opening round before rallying with a one-under par to close the day.
Dowling Armstrong rounded out the competitors for the Bisons with a +14, 158.
Arkansas State sits atop the 13-team field after opening the tournament with a -2, 574 (292, 282). Host Memphis is right on the Red Wolves heels at -1, while Lipscomb, Arkansas-Little Rock and Middle Tennessee are all five shots back of the lead.
The event concludes on Tuesday with the final 18 holes getting underway at 7:30 a.m. in the “Bluff City”.
“We’ll have to play well tomorrow and make some putts to have a chance to win,” said Brewer. “If we make mistakes, we just need to make sure they’re not big mistakes. We just need to process well and go make some more birdies. If we do that we can really be competitive.
Live stats for the event will be posted at https://www.birdiefire.com/tournament/13622/