Collins conquers: Harding junior wins Bison Fall Golf Classic

From Harding University

A tournament victory was just a matter of time for Harding junior Lucas Collins.

Collins, a native of Harrison, Ark., had two top-10 finishes in Harding's first two fall tournament and had shot par or better in two of his four rounds.

On Tuesday, Collins moved from a 12th-place tie after round one to his first medalist honor of his career with a 2-under par 70 in the second round of the Bison Fall Golf Classic, played at Greystone Country Club.

"I could not be more pround of Lucas Collins today," Harding head coach Dustin Howell said. "He has been close several times, and today was his day."

Collins shot 77 in round one and matched his career-best with the 70 in the second round. He used six birdies and 22 pars to shoot 147 and win the tournament by one stroke over Greydon Blevins of Southeastern Oklahoma State. Harding freshman Alex Williamson and Michael Hearne and Sam Russell of Southern Nazarene tied for third at 12-over 152. It was Williamson's first career top-10 finish.

Southeastern Oklahoma State shot 608 in the two-round tournament and won the team competition by seven strokes over Southern Nazarene. Harding "A" was third at 617. SOSU "B" was fourth (629), with Drury fifth (631), and Harding "B" sixth (637).

Playing his first tournament of the year on the Harding "B" squad, senior Ryan Hadash shot 153 and tied for sixth. It was his fifth career top-10 finish in 27 events.

Harding sophomore Brandon Clark and freshman Dillon Board tied for 19th at 159, and junior Jordan Perry was 21st at 160.

Harding "B" had sophomore Nathan Kannenberg tied for 16th at 157, senior Lewis Jackson tied for 26th 163, and freshman Todd Tyler Williams tied for 28th at 164.

The Bisons conclude their fall season on Oct. 22-23 at the Midwest Regional, hosted by the University of Missouri-St. Louis in Eureka, Mo.