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Roberts finishes fourth at First Tee Classic

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
by Kirk Downs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Lipscomb men’s golf team closed out the First Tee Classic on Tuesday with a four place finish after firing a 905 three-round team total at the Chenal Country Club.

“Our guys are doing everything we are asking them to do,” Lipscomb coach and director of golf Will Brewer said. “I thought we played pretty well this week. We are getting better and improving.

“I thought we competed very well this week on what was a very challenging golf course. We are not satisfied, but we are getting better.”

The Bisons had two of their better rounds of the year on Monday, shooting 301 in the first round before coming back to fire 289 in the second and positioning Lipscomb just six strokes off the lead.

On Tuesday, with the temperature hovering in the mid-30s with 20 MPH winds, the Bisons struggled as only two players broke 80.

“We couldn’t get ahead of any of the three teams ahead of us,” Brewer said. “But I was proud we didn’t go backwards. We are improving and that is my goal.”

Caston Roberts continued his impressive play, posting rounds of 76-69-76 and tying for fourth overall.

“Caston had a good tournament,” Brewer said. “He is getting more and more confident by the week and believing in what he can do, and that has been good for us.”

Roberts claimed the overall medalist last time out after shooting 7-under-par at the Grover Page Classic.

Freshman Stoney Crouch finished just outside the top 10 in 11th. Crouch carded 74-77 on Monday before closing out the event with a 3-over-par 75 on Tuesday.

Sydney Chung combined for a 228 three-day total and a 17th-place finish. Chung was outstanding on Monday, posting 73-72 in the opening rounds. He had difficulty on Tuesday after shooting an 83 in the final round.

Senior Dustin Wilder and junior Paul Klein-Kracht rounded out the Bisons with a pair of 235s and 46th-place finishes.

Wilder posted rounds of 78-74-83, while Klein-Kracht followed up with 80-74-81.

Louisiana-Monroe was crowned the First Tee Classic champions with a team score of 889. Albert Miner of Sam Houston State took home the individual medalist with an even-par 216 (72-70-74).

The Bisons will compete in the Bluegrass Invitational on April 12-13 in Lexington, Ky. It will be the last event for Lipscomb before heading to the Atlantic Sun Championship the next week.

“In the conference, we have five teams inside the top 100 in the country,” Brewer said. “If we continue to improve over these next few weeks, we can beat any of those teams in the conference championship. I believe in what we are building here and I’m excited to see where we finish.”