RALEIGH, N.C. – A strong final round saw the Lipscomb men’s golf team surge to a 4th-place tie alongside Campbell in the 2015 Wolfpack Intercollegiate hosted by N.C. State in Raleigh, N.C.
Notching a tournament best 31 birdies, the Bisons climbed two spots on the final day of action with an even-par, 284. That put the Purple and Gold at +11, 579 (295, 284) for the tournament. Lipscomb finished six strokes behind Augusta, who claimed the championship with a +5, 573.
“We stood up today,” said Lipscomb director of golf Will Brewer. “We challenged them to be men. All of our guys really played well. If a couple of things had gone our way we would have been right there to challenge for the top.
“We didn’t really putt the ball that well but that’s okay. We led the field in birdies and a lot of the things that we’ve been working on are really starting to show up. I’m proud of them.”
The final day rise at the Lonnie Pool Golf Course was powered by Eric Ansett’s 69 as the sophomore finished tied for fifth at even par. The Spokane, Washington native opened the day by sinking an eagle on the first hole and then added five birdies.
“Eric is a very passionate, driven player,” said Brewer. “He’s worked a lot on his swing, putting and short game. That has made him better and better and has given a lot of confidence. This was a good golf course for him. It’s very long and it was windy and very challenging the first day. He stepped up with that Eagle on the first hole and just kept it up. I’m really proud of him.”
Ansett was joined in the top-10 by fellow sophomore Dawson Armstrong, who finished the rain-shortened, 36-hole event with a +1, 143 (72, 71). Stoney Crouch finished just two strokes behind Armstrong with a +3, 145 (74, 71).
Junior Mikey Feher climbed 12 spots to tie for 39th on Tuesday behind a final-round 73 giving him a +7, 149 (76, 73). Sophomore Hunter Howell rounded out the competitors for the Bisons with a +9, 151 (76, 75) to tie for 53rd.
“This tournament helps us build on what we want to be. That’s to be excellent in everything we do, in how we process and in how we work. We’re on a good track right now. We still haven’t had a breakout event where everybody plays well, but sometimes you don’t have those. We’re getting closer and have three more weeks in the fall.”
Augusta’s Robin Petersson claimed medalist honors with back-to-back rounds of 68 to finish -6.
The Bisons continue action next week at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic in Atlanta.
“We will have a real challenge next week at Georgia State,” said Brewer. “There are a lot of strong teams there and we’ve never played that golf course. I think we can stand up and meet the challenge though.”