The Lipscomb Academy Boys Golf team placed fourth in the TSSAA Division 1 A-AA State Championship on October 2 at Willowbrook Golf Course in Manchester, Tennessee.
The state tournament is a two-day competition, each day the team played 18 holes with the final scores tallied from both days of the event.
The team finished just 6 shots out of second place for the tournament.
“I was so proud of our boys who, after an average first day (317), shot a 297 on the second day. This was one of our best rounds of the year and it put us in contention for state runner-up,” said Lipscomb Academy Head Golf Coach Mike Mays. The winner, Alcoa, shot 295 on October 1 and 296 on October 2.
All five of the Lipscomb Academy athletes improved on the second day of competition. Seth Sabin improved by nine strokes, Paul Swindell improved six by strokes and broke 80, Davis Armstrong improved by two strokes to shoot a 77 and Heath Bridges improved by 11 strokes to shoot a 74, his career low.
“Dawson Armstrong shot a 69 on day two, despite breaking his driver on the first hole, getting a replacement and immediately hitting it out of bounds on the third hole to take a double which put him at two over,” said Mays. Armstrong rallied to shoot 5 under the rest of the way while not using his driver again.
Dawson tied for first place and lost in a playoff, earning the TSSAA Division 1 A-AA Individual State Runner-Up. Dawson ended his high school career as the number one ranked junior golfer in Tennessee.
"It was wonderful to see our boys bounce back from a slow start in the golf tournament and go low on the final day. Their mental toughness was evident as they all shot better scores than the previous day. It was particularly gratifying to see Dawson Armstrong tie for low medalist and to see Heath Bridges shoot a personal best under that type of state tournament pressure," said Mike Roller, Director of Athletics.