The Bryan Lions Men and Women's Golf Teams took part in their first major tournament of Spring 2015 competing against several top AAC and NAIA teams. This was an important tournament as the men's team came into the event ranked #23 in the NAIA under Golfstat for the Fall 2014. This Spring has been very difficult with a frosty February and early March of Global Cooling making it very difficult to practice outdoors. The Lions were able to play in balmy 70 degree weather and sunshine at the SCAD Invitational in Covington, GA. It was a welcome change to the frigid temperatures of the last month. The men were hoping to repeat their fantastic play at the Oaks Course last fall when they set team records of 285-287 and a total of 572. If they could have duplicated those scores, they would have produced one of their most impressive tournament wins as the top ranked Faulkner won the men's side with a 294-291= 585. The Lions struggled on the smooth quick greens of The Oaks and were only able to fire a 302-302= 604 to finish in 6th place. Senior Captain, Dean Hoare, led the team with a 76-73=149 to finish in 11th place. Freshman Nick Scully led the Lions on Day One with a 74. He faded on day 2 with an 81 to finish 74-81=155 to finish in 38th place. First time Freshman Bryce Pickens playing in his first Varsity event fired a 75-77=152 to finish second on the Lions to Dean Hoare. Also tied with Pickens was freshman Casey Zimmerman, who fired and identical 75-77=152. Playing in his first varsity event, Lucas Coffelt fired the second lowest round for Bryan on Day 2 with a 75 to go along with an 84 to finish at 159. Sophomore, Tom Durbin fired a 77-77=154 and junior Colby Roach a 77-78=155
Junior Danielle Grace led the Lady Lions in their first Spring tournament of 2015. Danielle fired an 84-81=165 to finish in 11th place but only 4 strokes out of the ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM. Senior, Kerrie Reinhardt fired an 86-84=170 to finish in 21st place. Sophomore Liz Albert fired her best single round in competition shooting an 89 to go with her first day score of 96 to finish at 185. Freshman Christina Lee also fired her best single day score of 90 on Day 2 to go with her first day 97 to finish at 187. Overall the Lady Lions improved over 20 strokes on Day 2 but still finished in 7th place. Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Lions was freshman Alix Lawson who fired a 105-106=211.
Coach Peter Bollant commented on the play of the Lions stating that he was happy with how the Lions had hit the ball in their first Spring tournament, but disappointed in the putting. "We had trouble adjusting to the speed of the greens as we have not played any courses yet this year where the greens were near as fast. The late Spring and snow has kept the greens in our area very slow. We hope the next couple of weeks to be able to play some faster greens to get ready for the AAC tournament at Reinhardt in two weeks. Finishing 15 and 17 strokes behind our scores here last fall was a bit of a disappointment. We had a golden chance to capture a big tournament with as well as we struck the ball. Two of our players hit 17 of 18 greens the first day and finished over par. I'm sure we will do much better putting after the next couple of weeks in good weather."