Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – One of the most exciting moments in the two days of golf at the Cumberland University Phoenix Invitational (Mar. 21-22) was when junior Hunter Bruce (JR/Ducktown, Tenn.) hit his tee shot on the opening round on day one on the 161-yard par three 5th hole at Windtree Golf Club in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. to within six inches of the hole. On day two, Hunter went on to fire a personal varsity best of 77 to help the Bryan Lions Men's Golf team improve six strokes and two spots to finish in 4th place out of 10 teams in the Phoenix Invite. The low score of the tournament belonged to sophomore, Nick Scully (SO/Carelton, Mich.), who registered a strong two under par (70) to finish with a two-day total of 147, leading the Lions once again in scoring. Junior, Bryce Pickens (SO/Sevierville, Tenn.), shot a personal best 74-75=149 to finish right behind Scully in team scoring.
One stroke behind Pickens was Tom Durbin (JR/Wildnes Chesire, England), who had the low Bryan score on day one of 73. Tom struggled all day in the gusty winds to find the green, but his strong short game helped him finish at 77 the second day for a total of 150.
Finishing 4th for the Lions was junior, Carson Griffin (SO/Cleveland, Tenn.), who notched a 79-78=157. Rounding out scores for the Lions were junior Lucas Coffelt (SO/Jasper, Tenn.) at 159 and Paul Houk (FR/Athens, Tenn.) at 163.
The Lions second day total of 299 was their best of the Spring Season, which allowed them to move past Milligan College (Tenn.) into 4th place and four strokes behind SCAD (Ga.) for third place.
Head Bryan College Golf Coach, Peter Bollant, commented on the Lions' performance, "I was very proud of how the guys fought in difficult wind conditions on day two on the slippery greens of Windtree. Both Bryce and Hunter finished with personal bests, and Nick was his usually steady, strong self in leading the Lions on the second day with a two under par (70). There are a few areas we need to improve on heading into the Appalachian Athletic Conference Spring Championship at SCAD the first week of April, but overall, I feel we are working in a good direction as we set our eyes on the conference tournament."
On the Women's side, freshman, Krista Reinhardt (FR/Valrico, Fla.), was again the main bright spot for the Lady Lions as she tallied an 84-80=164 to finish 8th in the tournament. Even with some strong play to show for, the Lady Lions finished 7th of 8 teams in the tournament.
Junior, Liz Albert, finished 36th in the tournament, sophomore, Christina Lee (SO/Loudon, Tenn.), finished 38th, and freshman, Megan Clarkson (FR/Greenback, Tenn.), finished 41st among individual golfers.
"Krista, again fought hard and finished a few strokes out of the all-tournament team which included some strong players from Div. II teams," said Coach Bollant. "The fast undulating greens showed our girls areas where we still need work, and will help us as we prepare for our next tournament at Martin Methodist College (Tenn.) on April 4-5."