SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – The Lipscomb men’s golf team is set to get underway in the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship on Friday morning at the Rich Harvest Farms course in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
“We’re really excited to compete with the best,” said Lipscomb director of golf Will Brewer. “Rich Harvest Farms is a phenomenal track and will be a tremendous test for all of us. The weather, the wetness, and the depth of the rough will be a challenge, but we’ll be ready.”
The Bisons will get underway in the 6-day event at 7:40 a.m. from the 10th tee alongside Alabama and North Carolina. Teams will play 18 holes of stroke play Friday-Sunday when the field of 30 will be paired down to the top 15 teams along with the top nine individuals not on and advancing team. That group will play one additional round of stroke play on Monday to crown the individual champion and narrow the teams from 15 to eight for match play. Those eight remaining teams will compete in match play on Tuesday and Wednesday live on the Golf Channel for the national championship.
- Rich Harvest Farms will play 7,300 yards at par 72 for the championship.
- Joining the Bisons in the field are: USC, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Baylor, LSU, Illinois, Oregon, Kent State, Texas, Clemson, UNLV, Oklahoma, Virginia, UCF, Duke, Auburn, Ole Miss, Pepperdine, Arizona State, Florida State, North Carolina, Kennesaw State, Purdue, Jacksonville, New Mexico, Purdue, Jacksonville, New Mexico, Iowa State and Penn State.
- This marks the first appearance in the NCAA Championships for the Lipscomb men’s program after posting a 5th-place finish in the College Grove Regional. The Bisons used a record-setting effort on day two of the regional to secure a spot in the championship. Behind a seven-under, 65 from Dawson Armstrong, Lipscomb posted a course record -11, 277.
- It marks back-to-back trips to the NCAA postseason for the Bisons after making it to regional play for the first time in school history in 2015-16 where the team finished eighth in the Tuscaloosa Regional.
- The team was ranked by Golfweek at No. 20 for the squad’s play during the spring. A jump of 42 positions joining Pepperdine as the only two teams to jump 40 or more positions into the top-20 this spring. Lipscomb heads into the championship ranked 32nd by Golfstat (The highest ranking in school history) and 35th by Golfweek/Sagarin. The Bisons are also receiving votes in the latest Bushnell/Golfweek Coaches Poll.
- A semifinalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award, junior Dawson Armstrong leads the team into the NCAA finals on the heels of winning the College Grove Regional. The Brentwood, Tennessee native returns to the site of the 2015 Western Amateur where he won the prestigious tournament sinking a bunker shot for eagles on the second playoff hole to defeat Aaron Wise. He was also one of 16 USGA invitees to practice sessions for the upcoming Walker Cup team
- Armstrong is currently ranked 14th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking and No. 18 in the Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings. He was also named ASUN Golfer of the Year for the second-consecutive season sharing the honor with Jacksonville’s David Wicks.
- Armstrong was joined as a First-Team All-ASUN selection by Eric Ansett, who was also named the league’s Scholar Athlete of the Year for his work in the classroom and his play on the course.
- Under Will Brewer’s direction, the Lipscomb program has posted a meteoric rise. When his tenure began at the helm just five years ago, the program was ranked 239th nationally. Brewer immediately put a plan in place to make the Lipscomb program relevant on a national scale and the numbers have proven that to be a fact. The Bisons moved up to 188 in 2012-13 and climbed to 182 the following year before jumping to 112 in 2014-15.
- In Brewer’s five seasons, the Bisons have notched eight wins including three in 2016-17 and 37, top-5 finishes.
- Brewer is no stranger to competing on the highest stage as he won the 1976 NAIA National Championship for then David Lipscomb College. He was a 3-time NAIA All-American and is a member of the NAIA and Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame.
- Lipscomb has finished in the top-2 in eight of the 13 events this season including wins in the Bridgestone Match Play, the historic Southern Intercollegiate and the Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate.
- Live scoring will be available at: http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/nonav.cfm?pg=team&tid=12623