POINTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Led by senior Eric Ansett, the Lipscomb men’s golf team wrapped up play in the 10th-annual Sea Best Invitational on Tuesday with a ninth-place finish at the TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley Course.
“The pins today were in some really strong positions and it made them hard to get to at times,” Lipscomb director of golf Will Brewer said. “We didn’t execute like we are going to need to in order to compete at the highest level. Some of that is rust and lack of preparation. We’ve had a tough winter and I think that played a part in some of our lapses.”
Behind four birdies on the front nine, Ansett fired a 69 in the final round to force a three-way playoff on the final day of the invitational. Liberty’s Ervin Chang parred the first playoff hole to defeat Ansett and North Carolina’s William Register.
“Eric has been working really hard at his game and it showed this week,” Brewer said. “He got on a roll with his putter with a slew of birdies on the front this morning. He hit a lot of good shots. He played really well and I am proud of him.”
For the invitational, Ansett posted a -6, 204 (67, 68, 69) and led the entire field with 16 birdies – which was three more than any other player. He was one of just nine players to shoot under par over the final 18 holes.
The Bisons had their worst round of the two-day event on Tuesday, shooting a +12, 292. That gave them a +17, 857 (280, 285, 292) for the tournament.
- Dawson Armstrong finished in a tie for 21st behind a +2, 212 (69, 70, 73).
- Hunter Howell tied for 53rd behind a +11, 221 (72, 74, 75).
- Playing as an individual, Connor McKay carded a +14, 224 to finish 64th. He shot rounds of 75, 75, 74.
- Jake Dines and Paul Swindell rounded out the competition for the Bisons tying for 66th at +16, 226. Dines fired rounds of 78, 73 and 75, while Swindell carded a 72 and a pair of 77s.
- 43 South Florida overtook No. 20 Arkansas on Tuesday to claim top team honors with a -6, 834 (274-279-281) downing the Razorbacks by a single stroke.
- 27 North Florida (+10, 850) and host Jacksonville (+11, 851) finished T6th and 8th, respectively, while USC Upstate was 13th at +74, 914.
The Bisons head to the Sunshine State February 17-18 for the Gator Invitational hosted by the University of Florida in Gainesville.
“Although I am disappointed on how we finished, this was a challenging course and field and we were really only five or six strokes away from finishing in the top five,” Brewer said. “We weren’t quiet there this week. We have to get better because the field at Florida in two weeks will be even tougher. We have some work to do.”