NORMAN, Okla. – On the heels of three-straight, top-5 outings including a win at the Autotrader.com Collegiate Classic, the Lipscomb men’s golf team has received recognition by the Bushnell Golfweek Coaches top-25 poll by receiving a vote for the first time in school history.
“This is another huge benchmark for us but one that really had not even considered because our focus has been to improve every day and be excellent in all that we do,” said Lipscomb director of golf Will Brewer. “Quite frankly, I’m very flattered and humbled that we’ve gotten a vote for the top-25.
“We have played well this fall and I’m very pleased and happy. I’m not really surprised with what we’ve done though, but we may be getting there a little faster than I thought we would. The guys have really bought in to everything we are doing. They are on a confidence high and we have putted the ball extremely well.”
Auburn and Illinois sit atop the top-25 poll after Florida State slipped from the top spot to No. 4.
The Bisons are also forging new territory in the Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin rankings that include all 300 teams in college golf. Lipscomb is ranked 48th in the Golfweek/Sagarin listing and 54th in the Golfstat ranks, the highest mark in school in history.
“Those rankings are very significant for us,” said Brewer. “You never really know where you are going to be based on the factors of who you play, the strength of the field and the course. Those aren’t always predictable. With our schedule, we are trying to manage it with the strengths of our team.
“We are typically a very good ball striking team. A long, more challenging course favors us. When we putt well, our short game is going and we play aggressive on the holes that we have selected for the team and are successful, we can compete with most teams. We’re doing that pretty well right now.”
The Purple and Golf wrap up 2015 fall action in the 2nd Annual Intercollegiate at the Grove that begins on Sunday at the Grove Club in nearby College Grove, Tennessee. The event is open to the public and admission is free.
“Our guys are not satisfied with our play at Pinetree (Country Club) last week,” said Brewer. “A couple of our guys weren’t as sharp as they typically are. I feel good that we should come out and play pretty well. Hopefully we can be right there at the top at the last and be there to do what we need to do to finish out the fall on a high note.”