COLLEGE GROVE, Tenn. – Despite less than desirable playing conditions, the Lipscomb men’s golf team got the 2nd annual Intercollegiate at the Grove off to a solid start on Sunday with an even par, 288 to lead the 12-team field after the first day of action.
“Today was a good start for us,” said Lipscomb director of golf Will Brewer. “It wasn’t the easiest day but it wasn’t the hardest day either. It could’ve rained harder and the wind could have blown harder but we did well. “
Junior Stoney Crouch led the way for the Bisons at the Grove Club by carding the low round of the day with a -4, 68. The Mount Juliet native sank three birdies on the front nine and then closed his round with a birdie on 18 to claim a one-stroke lead.
“Stoney had a great day today,” said Brewer. “He hit the ball well and putted well.”
Sophomore Dawson Armstrong used a pair of birdies on the back nine to finish with a one-under, 71 to tie for fourth. Fellow sophomore Eric Ansett carded a +2, 74 to sit in a tie for 17th.
“Today wasn’t an exceptional day for us but what we’re trying to do is put ourselves in position to compete every round,” said Brewer. “We competed well today and if we can make a few putts tomorrow and Tuesday we’ll be right there at the end.
“It’s 54 holes. You can’t win it on the first day but you can certainly put yourself behind the eight ball and we did not do that thankfully. I’m pleased with how we worked hard and stayed focused. We didn’t make a lot of bogeys or a lot of birdies.”
Hunter Howell finished the day just one stroke back of Ansett with a +3, 75 as the sophomore ended the day tied for 19th. Junior Mikey Feher rounded out the competitors for the Bisons with a +5, 77.
The Bisons will carry a three stroke lead over Troy into the second round of action.
Weather permitting, round two of the 54-hole event will get underway on Monday morning at the Grove Club in College Grove. The event is open to the public and admission is free. The Bisons are slated to tee off beginning at 10:03 from hole No. 1.
“I hope our guys are mentally strong enough to stay patient and not rush if the weather gets bad,” said Brewer. “Golfers tend to rush when the weather gets tougher. We’ll try to coach them up on that and make them understand they have to be very patient and deliberate with their actions.
“When you have tough conditions, par is a good score. Another par round or around par would be very welcomed.”
Live scoring for the event will be available at: http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=teamPlayer&tid=8992