NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s golf team got a course record from Dawson Armstrong on Tuesday to finish the Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate in 2nd-place at the Richland Country Club in Nashville, Tennessee.
Lipscomb finished five shots behind Rice with a +13, 865 after posting rounds of 290-290-285 on the challenging Jack Nicklaus designed course. The visiting Owls won the two-day event with a +8, 860 (288-283-289).
“This was such a great event with a lot of nationally recognized teams in the field,” Lipscomb head coach Will Brewer said. “We didn’t play as well this time around as we did last year, but all-in-all, I was really proud of our team’s effort.
“John Spellman and his staff always treat us great here at Richland Country Club so it’s always fun coming out here. We really appreciate them allowing us to come out and put this tournament on.”
Armstrong led the charge for the Purple and Gold with a Richland CC course record -8, 63 in the final round. After dropping a pair of birdies on the front nine to shoot -2, 33, the senior got rolling on the backside. He eagled the par-5 10th and then birdied four of the next five holes to turn in a -6, 30 on the final nine.
“It was really fun today,” Armstrong said. “I played well on the front, but it was the back nine that completely changed the day for me and set up this round. Having played on this course for years while growing up, it made this round feel a little more special.
“I really tried to take it all in today, which is hard when it felt like a whirlwind out there, but it was so fun. This was a long time coming.”
Armstrong moved up from 14th-place on Monday to bring home co-medalists honors with Rice’s Mitchell Meissner at -5, 208 for the Intercollegiate. Meissner birdied the final hole of the event to pull even with Armstrong.
Armstrong finished second in the field with 15 birdies during the week, just one less than Mercer’s Stanton Schorr.
- Armstrong was just one of four players to finish the tournament under par. His -8 weekly total on par-5s led the entire 80-player field.
- Hunter Howell slid up the leaderboard a couple spots on Tuesday to finish tied for 12th at +6, 219. After carding 75-70 on Monday, Howell turned in a 74 in the final round.
- Eric Ansett finished two strokes behind Howell after going 5-over par on his last four holes to shoot a 79 in the final round and tie for 17th. Ansett led the Bisons on day one with an even-par 142 (70-72)
- Paul Swindell finished tied for 22nd with a +10, 223 (78-71-74), while Linus Samuelsson was one stroke back at +11, 224 (75-75-74).
- Connor McKay recorded a +12, 225 to finish in a tie for 33rd. After recording rounds of 78-73 on day one, he fired a 74 Tuesday.
- Davis Armstrong climbed 14 spots on the final day with a week-low 73. He shot 76-78 on Monday to give him a three-round total of +14, 227 and a 40th-place finish.
- Isaac Noh recorded a +16, 229 (72-79-78) to tie for 51st.
- Jerry Zhu and Dowling Armstrong rounded out the 10-player Lipscomb field in the Intercollegiate. Zhu was 75th with a +34, 247 and Armstrong finished 77th at +36, 249.
- The Bisons finished the event with the best averages on both par-4s (4.16) and par-5s (4.78).
The Bisons head to West Point, Mississippi this weekend to participate in the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship. The two-day event will get under way on Monday, April 16.