ATLANTA – Led by a -16, 200 by sophomore Dawson Armstrong, the Lipscomb men’s golf team shattered records on Tuesday to claim a win at the 2015 Autotrader.com Collegiate Classic in Atlanta.
“It was a great two days for us,” said Lipscomb director of golf Will Brewer. “We putted the ball extremely well the first two rounds.
“Dawson played so well and Hunter Howell came through big for us as well. Everybody stepped up for us.”
After turning in rounds of 65 and 67 on Monday, Armstrong went out on Tuesday and carded a -4, 68 to claim medalist honors in the event by eight strokes. His 16-under broke the previous event record by six strokes. The Brentwood, Tennessee native led the tournament with 19 birdies over the course of the 54 holes.
Fellow sophomores Eric Ansett and Hunter Howell played large in the win as well as the duo finished in the top-10 with Ansett tying for fourth and Howell tying for eighth. Ansett finished the event at -3 with a 213 (70, 69, 74) to claim his second top-5 in as many weeks. Howell finished just one stroke behind Ansett with a 214 (71, 75, 68) after tying Armstrong and two others for the best round of the day.
Juniors Mikey Feher and Stoney Crouch rounded out the competitors for the Bisons as each shot 76 on Tuesday. Feher finished the event in a tie for 29th with a +3, 219 (73, 70, 76). Crouch finished just two strokes back of Feher with a +5, 221 (77, 68, 76).
Claiming top honors in the 14-team field, Lipscomb’s team total of -25, 839 (279, 274, 286) is a record breaker breaking the previous mark of -19 by six strokes. The Bisons finished eight strokes ahead of No. 19 South Florida, who finished second.
“This win comes against the strongest field of any tournament that we’ve won,” said Brewer. “There were eight teams inside the top-100 rankings.”
The Purple and Gold were dominant on the par-5's throughout the tournament scoring -18 as part of a tournament best 63 birdies.
“The course was soft from some rain they had,” said Brewer. “That played into our favor a little bit. We mapped it out well and stayed to our plan. I’m really proud of the guys. They have a little confidence and a little swagger now. So hopefully we’ll finish strong these last two weeks.”
The Bisons head back to the “Peach State” next week for another tournament in the Atlanta metro area participating in the Pinetree Intercollegiate on Oct. 19-20.