After a difficult spring season, the Freed-Hardeman Lion golf team showed signs of a complete turn-around in its first competition of the fall.
The Lions held off Martin Methodist (Tenn.) College in tough scoring conditions to post a four-shot victory in the Freed-Hardeman Fall Invitational at Covington Country Club with scores of 301-313.
FHU took a three-shot lead into the final round, which was played in 15-20 MPH winds. The first day was played in a steady rainfall for much of the front nine.
Freshman Zack Morton (75-77) won low medalist honors on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff after he drained a downhill 25-footer for birdie to edge out Chris Fletcher of Martin Methodist, who narrowly missed a birdie putt on the same hole.
FHU senior Bryant Cashion (76-76) was also in the playoff but was eliminated on the first hole.
Travis Ross also medaled for Freed-Hardeman, moving up six spots on the final day to take fifth places with scores of 78-77.
First-round leader Grant James (72-84) and Cody Harrington (78-78) both tied for sixth place. Jonathan West (79-83) tied for 15th while Carson Wiley (77-86) tied for 17th.
On Monday, Lincoln Stemler made the third hole-in-one in school history when he aced the 180-yard eighth hole. He shot 85-95 for the event.
Morton led the field in Par 4 scoring and in total birdies, and was second in Par 5 scoring. Stemler led the field in Par 3 scoring. Harrington was second in total pars and Cashion was third in total birdies.
The Lions play again on Oct. 1-2 in a match-play series against Blue Mountain (Miss.) College. BMC comfortably won last year's event, 9.5-2.5.
1. Freed-Hardeman (301-313=614)
2. Martin Methodist (304-214=618)
3. Christian Brothers (314-321=635)
4. Lyon College (336-325=661)