MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A lights-out finish down the stretch by Dawson Armstrong led the Lipscomb golfer to medalist honors on Tuesday in the 2015 Memphis Intercollegiate at the Colonial Country Club in Memphis.
Entering the day with a one-stroke lead, Dawson Armstrong was unable to find his stroke that he had in Monday’s second round early on today but he was able to edge out Memphis’ Thomas Perrot in the final three holes. Sitting a stroke behind Perrot heading to 16, Dawson Armstrong sank his second birdie of the day but Perrot matched him to keep his one-stroke margin heading to 17.
Dawson Armstrong then birdied 17 to draw even and headed to 18, a hole he had birdied in the first two rounds, with a chance to win. He made it 3-for-3 on 18 with a clutch putt giving him a -1, 71 and the victory. For the tournament, he finished with a -8, 208 (72, 65, 71).
“I think it comes from his heart, passion and desire to win,” said Lipscomb Director of Golf Will Brewer. “He saw that he didn’t have his ‘A’ game today but he hit a couple of good shots and made a couple of putts to finish strong. When he sees an opportunity, it motivates him and I think that’s what he likes is having a challenge of trying to do something dynamic or heroic. He does that pretty well.”
Dawson Armstrong’s win helped the Bisons finish third in the 13-team field. Lipscomb finished with a +3, 867 (293, 286, 288). Host Memphis took home top team honors with a -5, 859.
“We had a lot of good things this week,” said Brewer. “I think the team is beginning to like being competitive in the events we are playing in. We’re disappointed that we lost by eight but we’re getting closer to where we need to be.”
Junior Stoney Crouch and sophomore Eric Ansett finished tied for 15th with scores of 219. Crouch shot a -1, 71 on Tuesday, while Ansett finished with a +1, 73. Junior Mikey Feher also finished the day at +1 to finish tied for 28th. Feher battled through illness to notch a +5, 221 (77, 71, 73).
“Mikey played sick all week and gets the ‘courageous’ award,” said Brewer. “I can’t say enough about him. He had a fever most of the week but he trudged through it.”
Junior Dowling Armstrong rounded out the team competitors for the Bisons with a +8, 80 on Tuesday to finish 71st.
The Bisons return to action Oct. 5-6 in the Wolfpack Fall Intercollegiate hosted by North Carolina State in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“I thought we had about a B+ game today,” said Brewer. “Dawson struggled a little bit early on but got it back together on the back nine when he had to. Overall we had a good outing. We need to work a little bit on our wedges, short game and decision making but we’re getting there and continuing to learn.”