BRASELTON, Ga. – The Lipscomb Bisons made progress in the second round of the Atlantic Sun Golf Tournament, but they are looking forward to an even stronger final round.
The Bisons moved from a tie for ninth after Sunday’s round to a tie for seventh after Monday’s 18 holes at the windy Chateau Elan course. The Bisons, with a 310 in the second round, have a two-day, 36-hole total of 624. They are tied with Florida Gulf Coast for seventh.
But the Bisons are only four strokes behind Mercer in sixth place with a 620 and six strokes behind Northern Kentucky in fifth with a 618 after a second round score of 304, second lowest of the day.
“We have to play a really solid third round,” said Will Brewer, LU’s director of golf. “We are hanging in there. If we hadn’t had a couple of mistakes, a couple of missed putts and a couple of bad swings we could be in the fourth or fifth spot.”
North Florida, ranked 17th nationally, leads with a two-day 590.
Dustin Wilder, known for his consistency this season, shot a 76 Monday after a 75 Sunday. He is the team leader for the Bisons with a 151 and is tied for 10th place. Wilder has four birdies and 22 pars.
“Dustin was also one under par for a long time today,” Brewer said. “He has some confidence. We have worked with him to play a more aggressive game and it has paid off.”
Ryan Terry shot the lowest round for the Bisons Monday with a 73 after an 84 in round one. He is tied for 27th with a 157.
“Ryan got a better start in the second round,” Brewer said. “In the first round he had a negative start and it continued to go that way. Today he was one-under for a long time.”
Paul Kleine-Kracht followed his first round 80 with a 79 and is tied for 33rd with a score of 159. Kleine-Kracht leads the Bisons in par 5 scoring with a minus-1.
Seniors Blanton Farmer and Alex Cox have struggled. Farmer carded an 84 in round two after a score of 77 Sunday. He is tied for 37th with a 161. Cox has shot an 82 in each round for a 164, tying him for 43rd.
“This is their swan song for their college careers,” Brewer said. “They are putting a lot of pressure on themselves. Sometimes that helps, but sometimes it goes the other way. I think they will both finish strong Wednesday.”
The Bisons had an early dinner and were spending some time at one of the larger golf discount stores in the Atlanta area. Brewer expects them to be in bed no later than 10:30.
“I still feel really good about Tuesday,” Brewer said. “We are not that far out of it. Golf is a funny game. I think it can all come together for us. We just need to be a little bit better.”