GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Lipscomb men’s golf team wrapped up play at the 41st Annual Gator Invitational Sunday afternoon with a +9, 289 to move up a spot and finish 13th at the Mark Bostic Golf Course.
The Bisons were led by Dawson Armstrong’s 1-under par 69 in the final round to help him cement a 6th-place finish overall. The senior carded a -5, 205 for the two-day event and finished 11 strokes ahead of the next Bison.
“This was a very challenging course that we had never played before,” Lipscomb director of golf Will Brewer said. “It was very tricky around the greens and we didn’t execute well at all.
“I thought Dawson played pretty good and he putted well, but as a whole we didn’t play as well as we are capable. I felt we got frustrated at times after failing to execute. We will learn from this and get better.”
Lipscomb finished three strokes ahead of College of Charleston with a +28, 869 (290, 289, 289) over the two days.
“I think we got better with some things,” Brewer said. “We learned a lot about our team and what we need to work on. Right now it’s all about growing and making progress. The struggle is always frustrating, but it’s how we persevere through it, that we will then know what kind of team we want to be.”Vanderbilt lapped the field on Sunday with a -10, 270 in the final round to win the Invitational at -18, 822. The Commodores were nine strokes better than host Florida (-9), who finished in second.
- Eric Ansett finished in a tie for 40th at +6, 216 (72, 71, 73).
- Hunter Howell and Connor McKay ended in a tie for 75th. They both shot +15, 225. Howell carded rounds of 77, 75 and 73, while McKay shot 76, 75 and 74.
- Paul Swindell was tied for 86th at +19, 229 (74-79-76).
- Playing as an individual, Dowling Armstrong placed 89th. He closed at +24, 234 (78-80-76).
- Dawson Armstrong and McKay each recorded 39 pars, tied for the fifth most in the field. Armstrong also led the Bisons with 10 birdies.
- Missouri’s Hayden Buckley notched medalists honors at -8 for the weekend. He shot a Sunday low 64 to come from behind and edge out Phillip Knowles of North Florida and Claudio Correa of South Florida.
Lipscomb get another two-week break before heading to Scottsdale, Arizona for the Desert Mountain Invitational hosted by the University of Michigan.
“The field in Arizona won’t be quite as strong,” Brewer said. “The event is put on by Michigan and I think it will be a good weekend for us with hopefully some good weather.”