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Men's golf set to tee off at Derek Dolenc Invitational

Saturday, September 07, 2013
by KIRK DOWNS

 In year two of his “re-brand” Lipscomb head men’s golf coach Will Brewer revamped his squad by signing five freshmen and adding a transfer from Pepperdine University.

“The freshmen we have this year are stronger than what we have recruited in the past,” Brewer said. “We feel like top to bottom we are much stronger this year.”

Brewer has put in relentless effort over the past year to get the Lipscomb brand noticed across the nation. His dedication has paid off by adding players with a higher ranking than ever before.

 Leadership for his young squad will come from four seniors, Tyler Leroy, Nathan Mueting, Ryan Terry and Dustin Wilder.

In his first year as head coach, Brewer dropped his team’s national ranking by 50 and finished the season at #189. In year two he hopes to reach double digits.

“I would like to have a much improved ranking by spring,” said Brewer.

The Bisons finished eighth in the Atlantic Sun tournament last season and they hope to improve in 2013-14.

“We have to make a lot of progress in some competitions,” Brewer said. “I do believe if we start off well and get some confidence and momentum it will carry us through the season.

“I hope these guys surprise me and they might, because the guys are committed.”

The five freshman Brewer inked ranked anywhere from 300-800 nationally. Four of the five ranked in the top-36 in the state of Tennessee coming out of high school.

Dowling Armstrong was a two-time state champion in high school. He was highly recruited by Mississippi State and Ole Miss of the Southeastern Conference. He will challenge early and has a bright future in the Purple and Gold.

Sydney Chung will also challenge early as he was the 2012 TSSAA high school champion. Chung was the highest rated signee with a national ranking in the 300-400 range.

Stoney Crouch was highly sought after by schools of the Ohio Valley Conference. He was among the top-10 in the state of Tennessee.

Mikey Feher and Joshua Enderle will push for playing time in the fall.

As a transfer from Pepperdine, Caston Roberts will help this team push for postseason play. Playing two seasons in southern California, Roberts competed in 11-tournaments and played 32-rounds.

He left with a 77.25 stroke average. Shot a career best 2-under 69 in the first round of the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational his sophomore season.

In the first tournament of 2013 the Bisons will travel to Edwardsville, Ill. to play in the Derek Dolenc Invitational. Sunset Hills Country Club is a 6,645 yard par-72 course spread across 170 acres.

The Invitational will be a 12-team field with an 8 a.m. shotgun start on Monday. In two days the teams will play 54-holes, 36 on Monday and 18 on Tuesday.