Men’s golf headed to NCAA Championship; Armstrong claims individual title

Men’s golf headed to NCAA Championship; Armstrong claims individual title

The Lipscomb men’s golf team put up a historical fifth place finish with help from Dawson Armstrong who clinched the first place individual title in the College Grove Regional at the Grove Club on Wednesday. The team will advance to the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship next week at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois. “For those guys to do what they’ve done in four years — it’s phenomenal for the school, the university and our golf program,” said Lipscomb director of golf Will Brewer. “I can’t be prouder.” Lipscomb came in fifth overall; UCF clinched first, with Vanderbilt, Clemson and Kennesaw State all tied for second place. “I’m probably most excited about checking the box off and doing something I’m not sure the school has ever done before,” Brewer said. On the individual leaderboard, Armstrong posted a first place finish. Mikey Feher tied for 17th individually; Eric Ansett tied for 34th as did Stoney Crouch, and Hunter Howell tied for 57th. “It’s been a long time coming, getting to live a dream that we have had for the last two years,” Armstrong said. “It’s been hard fought, and it’s been a grind. The coaches have really prepared us well, and we’ve taken initiative to make sure that we’re prepared for any situation that comes our way. I’m sure that we’ll be ready when nationals comes around next week.” Brewer noted that back in August, he didn’t necessarily expect for his team to clinch such a high seed going into the tournament, but he believed their stellar spring season helped them succeed. “We had such a great...
NCAA releases APR; golf earns APR Public Recognition Awards

NCAA releases APR; golf earns APR Public Recognition Awards

In back-to-back years, men’s and women’s golf earned the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards. The NCAA released the APR results for Division 1 teams on Wednesday, with the Lipscomb Bisons as a whole being recognized for their high APR. Lipscomb Athletic Director Philip Hutcheson credits the Bisons’ success in the area to recruiting strong student-athletes at the beginning. “Our coaches know that Lipscomb is a school that prides itself on academics, and we don’t want our athletes to be any different than the rest of our student body in that regard,” Hutcheson said. For each academic term, APR measures student-athletes eligibility and retention. All teams must reach a score of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for low scores. In addition to each Lipscomb athletic program receiving high APR scores for 2015-2016, men’s and women’s golf were honored with the Public Recognition Award, which is given to only the top-10 percent of programs in the nation. “I try to emphasize those things that anyone’s friends, teacher or parents would emphasize — things like showing up for class, making sure to understand what your assignments are and when they’re due, and even simple things like sitting up front, introducing yourself to your teacher and letting them know your schedule so that you can get ahead of any things that might get in the way academically,” Hutcheson noted. “Each one of our teams take pride in doing well academically.” Hutcheson stated that, ultimately, his goal as athletic director is to recognize that Lipscomb is primarily an academic institution where student-athletes can come to earn...
2017 Spring Commencement photo gallery

2017 Spring Commencement photo gallery

Lipscomb University celebrated its 2017 graduating class by giving 545 undergraduate degrees to students on Saturday afternoon in Allen Arena. Three professors received “Outstanding Teacher Awards” — Lee Camp, Professor of Bible, Elisabeth Conway, Associate Professor of Biology, and Ruth Henry, Professor of Exercise Science. For his closing remarks to the graduating class, President Lowry spoke of what it means to be a Lipscomb alum. “The reality is that we, as this group, will never gather together again,” Lowry said. “But you will go out as a Bison and join the other 35,000 Bison who are out there. You will run into them literally all over the world, and I want you to know that as you do that, you will take the spirit of this community with you, and you will meet the spirit of this community as you find your fellow alums wherever they might be.”   « ‹ 1 of 2 ›...
545 undergraduate degrees awarded at 2017 Spring Commencement

545 undergraduate degrees awarded at 2017 Spring Commencement

Lipscomb University celebrated its 2017 graduating class by giving 545 undergraduate degrees to students on Saturday afternoon in Allen Arena. President Randy Lowry awarded the students with their diplomas and recognized five exceptional students who walked across the stage. “I think in trying to describe this moment, it’s truly best described by some of you,” Lowry said. “Everyone of you has a story. A good story. A profound story. For some of you, they’re inspirational stories, and I want to share just some of them — those in your class who give all a sense of what you bring and what you will take from this university.” Graduate Macy Cottrell was one of these students, recognized for receiving both her masters and undergraduate degrees from Lipscomb on the same day — and actually her masters degree first due to the timing of the ceremonies. Cottrell will be studying at Oxford next year. Next, Lowry recognized Egyptian immigrant Mark Naguib, who scored in the top 1% nationally on the MCAT and will be attending Vanderbilt University Medical School on a full tuition scholarship. Lowry also applauded Jacky Gomez, who, after graduating high school was “what back then we would call undocumented” — came to Lipscomb and served as President of Lipscomb’s Latino organization, has been a Lipscomb Presidential Ambassador and served on the Quest Team, all while working over 30 hours per week during her college years. Gomez represents nearly 200 Latino Hispanic students at Lipscomb. “Some students served before they came,” Lowry said, “and now we are especially privileged to serve them.” Before coming to college, Sergeant Bryan Flanery...
Lady Bisons’ mental game helps produce strong season

Lady Bisons’ mental game helps produce strong season

The Lady Bisons softball team has proved the mental side of the game is just as important as the physical side this season. With a “Battle of the Boulevard” win over Belmont Tuesday night, the Lady Bisons are continuing their strong season in the ASUN conference, holding a 34-13 record and showing that they know how to win. “The mental side of the game can help everybody,” Head Coach Kristin Ryman said. “Several years ago we started doing some stuff with them to just get them out of how they think. Sometimes they have one bad at bat, and they think, ‘I’m terrible at softball; why am I even playing?’ and make it really extreme. It’s easy to do that, but having these little exercises that they do can really help bring them back to reality.” Ryman, who is in her 12th season with the Lady Bisons, said she thinks the mental game is the next big thing to be targeted at the college level, even more so than it already is. Therefore, strengthening the mental side is something the team has worked on improving each year. This semester, the coaches started bringing index cards to games and practices. On them, the players would write down their goals and affirmations before they would step onto the field. “They all stand out there outside of that left field gate, and before they ever walk in, they just kind of have a moment to let go of whatever they have going on during the school day, whether they feel they did poorly on a test, or they’re having issues with a boyfriend, and realize...