LAKEPOINTE, Ga. - For the second straight year it is the Lipscomb men’s golf team that finds itself bringing home a pair of top honors as the ASUN Conference announced its postseason awards Saturday night at an awards banquet at Chateau Elan in Braselton, Georgia.
Dawson Armstrong earned his third-consecutive ASUN Men’s Golfer of Year honor, while Eric Ansett was named the ASUN Scholar Athlete of the Year for the second straight year.
Armstrong is just the second player in league history to ever earn three Golfer of the Year awards and becomes just the seventh player to earn all-conference recognition in four seasons. He did so by landing first team honors all four years of his Bison career.
“I’ve never seen more desire from a player than I do Dawson,” Brewer said. “He loves the stage and the opportunity to perform at the highest level. He motivates himself every day to get better and it has shown over his four years here.”
He was one of three unanimous selections on the first team.
The Brentwood native paced the team with a 70.4 scoring average, which is the best stroke average in program history. He drained 123 birdies – the third most in a season for Lipscomb - and five eagles on the year.
“To have a player like Dawson definitely sets us apart,” Brewer said. “He is a player that comes around just once every 40 or 50 years, if you are lucky. He is a great young man with a great heart.
“I can’t say enough about Dawson and his role. He has helped change our culture and our dynamic here at Lipscomb.”
Armstrong won a pair of events to give him medalists honors in nine career tournaments. He took top honor at the Bayou City Collegiate (-12, 204) and at the Ryman Hospitality Intercollegiate (-5, 208). He also won the PGA TOUR Canada Qualifier to earn his exemption for the entire 2018 season after posting a -6, 66 on the final day to win with a four-day total of -11, 277 (69-70-72-66).
Following a 2nd-place finish at the Old Waverly Collegiate with a -7, 209, Armstrong collected his 13th career ASUN Men’s Golfer of the Week to give him the most weekly honors for any individual in any sport in conference history.
He finished 23 of his 32 rounds as a senior at par or better, including a -8, 63 to set the course record at Richland Country Club in the Ryman. He drained six birdies and an eagle on the final day to help Lipscomb to its sixth top-5 finish of the year.
Armstrong collected eight top-10 finishes and four top-5 finishes to go along with his two victories. His 4.00 average on par 4s and 4.50 average on par 5s this season are both top marks in program history for a single season.
Of the 11 tournaments the Purple and Gold played in during the 2018 season, Armstrong finished at even par or better in eight of them.
Ansett lands a spot on the All-Academic Team for a third time in his career after owning a 3.71 GPA in Journalism and New Media.
“Eric is an extraordinary young man,” Brewer said. “He is a quiet leader and is, along with Dawson, probably one of the most determined players I have ever coached. I am just so proud of him.
“He will be successful on the next level whether it’s playing golf or another profession.”
He finished second on the team with a 73.07 stroke average this season after posted 11 rounds at par or better. The Spokane, Washington native has drained 103 birdies on the year, which is the eighth most in program history.
His best outing came with a second-place finish at the Sea Best Invitational where he shot -6, 204 at TPC Sawgrass and lost on a playoff hole.
Ansett registered six top-20 finishes and closed out 11 events in the top-50 in his last season donning the Purple and Gold. He helped lead Lipscomb to six top-5 finishes and two team victories.
He is the only player in Lipscomb school history to claim the top academic honor in men’s golf.
The Bisons open the ASUN Championship Sunday with a 7:39 a.m. tee time in Braselton, Georgia. Check LipscombSports.com for recaps and stats throughout the three-day event.