Sunday, December 30, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Lipscomb men’s golf coach Will Brewer has announced the addition of five players during the early signing period for his first recruiting class for the Bisons.
"I am tremendously excited and pleased with the class we have coming to LU in the fall of 2013,” Brewer said. “I think it is an excellent group of golfers. These young men will provide strength, depth and talent to an improving group of talented upperclassmen who have made tremendous strides in our NCAA rankings.
“Each one is a solid competitor. They have multiple championships and a desire to compete on the highest level. These young men are strong in character and will provide leadership in the near future. Four-of-the-five are ranked in the top 36 in their class in the state of Tennessee and between 300-to- 800 nationally.”
The new players are Dowling Armstrong from Lipscomb Academy; Sydney Chung from Madison Academic Magnet High School in Jackson, Tenn.; Stoney Crouch from Mt. Juliet High School; Joshua Enderle from Berean Christian High School in Knoxville, Tenn.; and Mikey Feher from Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn. All five are expected to push for playing time as freshmen.
Armstrong is a two-time state high school champion, winning the title in Georgia as a sophomore and in Tennessee as a junior. He placed sixth in the Music City American Junior Golf Association Tournament. Armstrong was highly recruited by Southeastern Conference and Conference USA teams. He is nationally-ranked in the 400-to-600 range.
He has also lettered in basketball and soccer and is an avid deer and duck hunter.
“Dowling has an excellent upside,” Brewer said. “He is a confident leader.
“Dowling comes from a long line of accomplished players and I am confident he has the potential to compete well at the NCAA Division I level. Dowling has the gifts, desire and opportunity to be a very special collegiate player and may have the ability to play on the next level.”
Chung is the 2012 TSSAA Class A-AA High School champion. He is a two-time All-State performer and a four-time All-District selection. He has been his team’s most valuable player for three seasons. His national ranking is in the 300-400 range. He is ranked in the Top Six in the state in his recruiting class.
He is also an outstanding tennis player who has competed and won on the national level.
“Sydney was highly recruited by Ohio Valley Conference programs,” Brewer said. “He has a huge heart and a passion to win.
“He has an excellent short game and an excellent upside. Most of the goals he has set for himself he has accomplished. His work ethic is exceptional. With his tremendous hand-eye coordination and ability I am confident he will become an excellent NCAA D-I player, and may also have the ability to compete on the next level.”
Crouch was an All-Region pick in 2012 and is a two-time All-District selection. He has been the team captain at Mt. Juliet High in 2011 and 2012. He is a three-time team MVP. He is ranked in the 300-to-400 range nationally. He is ranked in the Top 10 in the state in his recruiting class.
“Stoney is a strong competitor,” Brewer said. “He has solid character and leadership ability. Stoney is strong mentally and is a fierce competitor.
“He has an excellent pedigree in golf. His mother, Teresa, competed on the Oklahoma State Cowboy women’s team, in the late 1980s. With his pedigree and desire I am confident Stoney will be an excellent NCAA D-I player, and may have the intangibles to attempt golf on the next level. “
Brewer describes Enderle as “relatively young to the game”. Enderle won an AJGT Tournament at the Johnson City Country Club. He also won a tournament at Holston Hills in Knoxville.
“Josh has an excellent work ethic,” Brewer said. “He has a great upside. He possesses strong character and is a quiet leader. Joshua has an intangible internal drive pushing him toward improvement and excellence.
“Our recruiting visit may have been one of the most impressive. He and his parents exemplify a perfect fit for Lipscomb University. Joshua’s desire is to be the best he can be in whatever he sets his mind to do. Joshua is a highly-intelligent student athlete, as well, as a player. I see good things from his work ethic academically as well as athletically.”
Feher is the 2012 Chattanooga City Champion. He is in the Top 12 in Tennessee State High school rankings and has a national class ranking of 600-to-800.
He has two uncles who played basketball collegiately. Butch Feher was a standout at Vanderbilt in the 1970s, and Jim Feher was a star Lipscomb Bisons player in the mid-1980s and was also named Mr. Lipscomb.
“Mikey is a very good athlete,” Brewer said. “He has mental toughness and is street smart. Mikey comes from a long line of great coaches and excellent athletes.
“Mikey’s family environment has provided leadership examples giving him an authentic understanding of what an athlete needs to be about. Mikey will compete early and challenge the current team members for a starting spot. I have confidence he will become a very competitive NCAA D-I collegiate player, and may have what it takes to compete after his collegiate golf career is completed.”
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.