Collins leads Harding Men's Golf to fifth-place finish in Florida

From Harding University

Harding men's golf fired its best round of the season Tuesday and finished in a tie for fifth among 10 teams at the Indian Bayou Classic. The University of North Alabama hosted the two-round tournament at Indian Bayou Golf Course.

The Bisons shot 303 on Monday in round one, and topped that with a season-best 300 in Tuesday's second round. Harding's 603 total was six strokes better than its 609 total at last season's Indian Bayou Classic.

Harding junior Lucas Collins followed an even-par 72 in round one with a 2-over 74. His 146 tied him for seventh place at a career-best tying 146. It was his second straight top-10 finish and the fourth of his career.

The Bisons' best round Tuesday came from freshman Dillon Board, who shot a 2-under 70, his best collegiate round and tied for the best round by a Bison this season. Board tied for 25th at 152.

Host North Alabama won the team event by one stroke over second-place Columbus State. UNA shot 587, with Columbus State at 588, and third-place Montevallo at 592.

Austin Grey of Saint Leo won a three-player playoff to take individual medalist honors. Grey, North Alabama's Ricky Stimets, and Montevallo's Connor Godsey each finished at 2-under 142.

Harding's other team members included freshman Alex Williamson (t-31st, 153), junior Jordan Perry (t-43rd, 156), and freshman Todd Williams (t-45th, 157).

Three other Bisons played as individuals. Sophomore Brandon Clark tied for 31st at 153, sophomore Nathan Kannenberg tied for 41st at 155, and senior Lewis Jackson was 59th at 174.

Harding's next action is Oct. 15-16 at the Bison Fall Golf Classic in Cabot, Ark.