Abilene Christian's Carpenter earns top honors at Dallas Baptist for 20th victory
IRVING, Texas – No. 6 Abilene Christian senior Alex Carpenter fired a 2-under-par 70 to win the individual medal at the Dallas Baptist Classic, the record 20th NCAA victory of his career.
Carpenter -- playing in the final regular-season invitational of his career -- fired a three-round total of 6-under-par 210 at the par-72, 6,964-yard Hackberry Country Club. He shot rounds of 69-71 on Monday and followed it with Tuesday's closing-round 70 to finish five shots in front of runner-up Trey Lawson of Cameron (three-round total of 215).
Carpenter has won four consecutive tournaments this spring and five tournaments overall during his senior season, including the individual title at the Charles Coody Intercollegiate last September.
"I worked really hard over the offseason and I got to play in a couple of big events, and that hard work gave me a lot of confidence going into this semester," Carpenter said. "I knew this was my final collegiate semester, and I wanted to put forth my best effort."
Carpenter, the three-time All-American has now won 20 of 48 tournaments during his four-year career (42 percent), and in two weeks he will be on the course at The Golf Club at Champions Circle in Fort Worth to defend his Lone Star Conference championship. He won the LSC title in 2010 and 2012 and will try to become a three-time winner at the tournament, which will be played April 15-16.
After reaching 20 career wins, Carpenter's next goal is 23, which would give him conference, regional and national championships.
"I honestly didn't think 20 wins would be possible in college," Carpenter said. "I set a goal to win 10 and I got there and I said, 'Okay, let's try to win 20,' and I was able to do that.
"It's hard when you're in the middle of this to not think about the next goal or the next tournament," Carpenter said, "But I'm trying to enjoy the moments. I've been blessed by a lot over the last four years, and a lot of it comes from the great opportunities and tools my parents gave me when I was younger."
Carpenter dominated the longer holes on the Hackberry course, finishing 11-under-par on the par 5s during the tournament. He also carded 14 birdies, the second-best total in the tournament, and his average of 4.13 on the par 4s was the best in the field.