HPU’s Bae, Flesher earn Big South women’s golf honors

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 10:55 PM

Freshman Sarah Bae was named the Big South Freshman of the Year and head coach Vici Pate Flesher was named the Big South Coach of the Year, the league announced on Friday. Bae was also named to the All-Conference team while junior Grier Bennett was named to the All-Academic team.

“The Big South is a strong golf conference and it is a compliment to have garnered these awards,” Flesher said. “The season was a success because of a total team effort, but to have individuals recognized by the conference coaches at the end of the season is an honor.”
Bae was unanimously selected as the Big South Freshman of the Year. She is the first HPU golfer to be named the Big South Freshman of the Year in program history. She is the first HPU golfer to be named to the All-Conference team prior to the conference championship since Kate O’Sullivan in 2005.
Bae leads the Panthers this season with a 74.28 stroke average, a new HPU single-season record. The freshman has posted seven top-five finishes and won the individual medal at both the Terrier Intercollegiate and the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate.
“Sarah had an outstanding freshman year,” Flesher said. “Starting the season with two wins was thrilling and she gave herself the chance to win every tournament after that. Sarah’s consistency in tournaments and her numerous top-5 finishes enabled her to become not only the best freshman in the conference, but also one of the best overall players. Sarah was our leader on the golf course and has elevated the expectations for every player on the team now and those in the future.”
Bennett has a 3.47 GPA while majoring in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. The junior has played in every tournament for the Panthers this season and is second on the team with a 77.04 stroke average. She is on pace to post the second-lowest single-season stroke average in team history. Bennett has posted three top-five finishes this season and earned her first collegiate Individual Medal at the 2014 Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate.
High Point will begin play at the 2014 Big South Women’s Golf Championship on Sunday. The three-day event will be hosted at the Patriot Golf Club in Ninety-Six, S.C. The Panthers will tee off in the final groups along with top seeds Campbell and Coastal Carolina beginning at 9:40 a.m.

HPU WOMEN’S LACROSSE ROLLS PAST LIBERTY
LYNCHBURG, Va. — The High Point University women’s lacrosse team won its third straight game using 10 consecutive goals spanning the first and second half to pull away from Liberty en route to a 17-5 win on Friday afternoon. Junior Kendyl Gardner had five points on four goals and an assist to lead the Panthers.
“I thought we got off to a slow start but once we made a few adjustments we really turned it on,” said HPU head coach Lyndsey Boswell. “ I’m proud of the way that the girls stepped up in the last two-thirds of the game. Kendyl Gardner has been putting in a lot of extra work outside of practice, which I think is really paying off for her and showed today with another great performance. I was also very pleased that we were able to get so many people contributing with 10 different players scoring our 17 goals. I think both of our goalies played very well today and I’m very proud of our defense, which was supportive and able to limit Liberty’s offensive opportunities.”
Leading 6-4, Panthers’ attacker Kendyl Gardner scored three consecutive goals beginning with 6:30 left in the first half and sparked a 10 unanswered goal streak for HPU. High Point also held Liberty to just one goal in the second half to pull away.
HPU improves to 7-5 overall and 3-0 in Big South play. Liberty drops to 2-11, 1-2.
High Point plays at Winthrop on Sunday at 1 p.m.

HPU MEN’S LACROSSE VISITS RICHMOND TODAY
RICHMOND, Va. — The High Point University men’s lacrosse team gets back in to Atlantic Sun play today with a 1 p.m. game at Richmond. The Panthers are 3-1 in league play while Richmond is 1-1 against Atlantic Sun opponents.
HPU is coming off a tough overtime loss at future conference opponent, Bellarmine, last weekend. The loss moved High Point to 7-4 overall this season.
Richmond is 3-8 overall and 1-1 in the Atlantic Sun in its inaugural season.