Coffelt Nets Top-20 Finish In AAC Men’s Golf Championship
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Seniors Lucas Coffelt and Bryce Pickens stepped to the tee on the opening round of the 54-hole NAIA National Direct Qualifier at the 7,027-yard Carolina Country Club without ever having seen the course. Five inches of rain had wiped out the practice round for the AAC event. Both Coffelt and Pickens pieced together identical rounds of 77 on the opening 18 holes. Reinhardt University (Ga.) senior, Kameron Williams, stole the show in the 2nd round shooting an impressive 65 and eventually finished at 215 to capture the individual crown. Coffelt went on to fire a 77, 76, and 79 to finish at +16 (232) for 20th overall, leading the Bryan College Men’s Golf team to a 7th place finish. Pickens ended in the 31st spot, Andres Arteaga finished in 41st place, Zach Belvin came in 46th, and Kevin Knudsen captured 49th.
In the team competition, the tournament went down to the final hole as 12th ranked Point University (Ga.) trailed by one stroke to Truett McConnell University (Ga.) after Day 1. The Point Skyhawks had to battle down to the final group on Day 2 with their go-to guy getting a birdie on the final hole to edge the gritty Truett McConnell team by just one stroke, garnering the AAC title and qualifying for nationals with a 290, 298, and 302=890 (+26).
Pickens was Bryan’s lone representative to the AAC Champions of Character Team. Bryan Head Coach, Peter Bollant commented, “I’m very proud of Bryce in the way he has stepped up and taken responsibility and become a leader. Bryce has faced some amazing adversity and challenges in his personal life, but through the grace and strength of our Lord Jesus, he has stepped up to not only overcome that adversity but also serve as an example for others. I look forward to seeing what God will do in his life as he enters the Police Academy after graduation this May. I believe the Lord will use him to help impact and change our world for the glory of God.”