Men's golf claims First Tee Classic title with strong final round
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Men's golf claims First Tee Classic title with strong final round

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. –  The Lipscomb men’s golf team claimed the second tournament title of the 2015-16 season on Tuesday behind a 14-stroke victory at the 23rd-Annual First Tee Classic hosted at the Chenal Country Club in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Eric Ansett led the way with a final round -2, 70, the low score of the tournament.  That would find Ansett tied atop the leaderboard with UT-Martin’s Hunter Richardson as the pair finished the event with identical, -1, 215’s.  The duo would head to a playoff to settle medalist honors with Richardson coming out on top on the second hole.

“We started a little bit slower than I’d like, but we really responded in the afternoon yesterday and again today,” said Lipscomb director of golf Will Brewer.  “This is a really challenging golf course off the tee.  If you don’t drive the ball well with some confidence, you can put up some pretty big numbers quickly. 

“Today, Eric was just great on a blustery day to shoot the low round of the tournament.  The setup was really tough and challenging and I’m really excited for him and what he did.  Hunter and Stoney really stepped up today too as this was a team effort.  That’s what I like about it.”

Lipscomb used a final round 295 to claim top honors in the 15-field team with a three round total of 884 (300-289-295) to finish +20.  UT-Martin would finish second with a +34, 898.

“I’m hoping this gives us confidence to propel us in the next few weeks as we visit Old Waverly and then hopefully have our best week of the year at the Atlantic Sun Conference championship. When we all play well, we can compete with just about any team in the country.”

Herd notes:

  • Dawson Armstrong joined Ansett in the top-10 by tying for 10th with a +8, 224 (73-73-78).
  • Mikey Feher and Hunter Howell finished three strokes back of Armstrong in a tie for 17th at +11. Feher fired rounds of 74, 72 and 81, while Howell carded rounds of 79, 74 and 74.
  • Stoney Crouch rounded out the competition for the Bisons in a tie for 34th with a +14, 230 (84-73-73).
  • The win was the second of the season for the Bisons as the squad won last the Autotrader.com Collegiate Classic last October.

Up next:  The Bisons head to the “Magnolia State” for the 2016 Old Waverly Collegiate Championship hosted by Mississippi State on April 4-5 in West Point, Mississippi.