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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
JACKSON, Tenn. – The Lipscomb men’s golf team struggled in the first two tournaments of the spring, but this week in Jackson, the Bisons found their stroke.
After leading at the conclusion of the first two rounds, Lipscomb increased its stroke lead and was crowned champion of the Grover Page Classic with a three-round total of 856 (285, 282, 289).
“It was a great two days,” Lipscomb head coach and Director of Golf Will Brewer said. “One of the things I really appreciate is that the guys really want to learn and improve. They want to get better and challenge for championships.
“If you have that in your program, then you have an opportunity to do something really special. We are getting closer and closer with each tournament.”
Four Bisons finished inside the top 8, including the overall medalist Caston Roberts.
Roberts finished the 54-hole event at 7-under par with a 209, five strokes better than any other player. He shot 70-68 on Monday before firing 71 to cap off his individual victory.
“Caston stays within the moment better than anybody on our team,” said Brewer. “The team sees that and he is helping our young team in that aspect. A lot of talent is beginning to come out of him.”
Sydney Chung’s 214 placed him in a tie for second. Chung played consistently with a pair of 71s and a 72 (minus-2).
“It is exciting seeing these guys growing and getting better,” Brewer said. “They just need to continue down this path in the last few tournaments and into the conference championship.”
Stoney Crouch and Paul Klein-Kracht each finished tied for eighth with a 217 (+1). After getting his first-career top-20 finish at Pepperdine, Crouch’s 76-69-72 gave him his first-career top-10 finish.
Klein-Kracht opened with a 69-73 on Monday, before closing with 75 on Tuesday.
Senior Dustin Wilder shot 75-77-76 for a 228. Wilder finished tied for 39th overall.
Ryan Terry finished in a tie for 35th, but was the sixth best individual with a three-round total of 227. He carded rounds of 77-75-75.
“To put it in perspective, the last three tournaments, we were matching up against top 50 and top 100 teams,” Brewer said. "We weren’t quite ready and prepared for that.
“But today, a win is a win and however you compare the results, today helps our confidence. We have players that really want to compete."
Lipscomb will hit the links for the First Tee Collegiate Classic on March 24-25 in Little Rock, Ark., hosted by the University of Arkansas Little Rock.