HPU women’s golf finishes sixth at Big South Championship
The High Point University women’s golf team shot a season-low 304 in the final round of the Big South Conference Championship in at the Patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six, S.C. The Panthers finished sixth in the tournament, one stroke behind fifth-place Charleston Southern.
HPU’s 304 during Tuesday’s final round is the third-lowest round the Panthers have ever shot in a Big South Tournament and the lowest since the Panthers shot 299 and 301 in two separate rounds in 2005.
“I was happy to see our seniors, Jessica and Audra finish on a positive note,” said head coach Vici Pate Flesher. “It is a great sign for the future of the program that our top two finishers were freshman. The entire team battled back from a disappointing opening round and competed over the final two days. I am very proud that every person shot in the 70’s today.”
Freshman Casey Ward carded a career-best 74 in the final round to lead HPU while freshman Tan Cheeranont finished with a 76. Cheeranont finished tied for 16th with a 299 (76-77-76).
Ward shot 235 (80-81-74) to finish 26th in her first conference tournament.
Seniors Audra McShane and Jessica Neese carded 236 to tie for 27th. McShane birdied the final hole of the day to go 81-78-77. Neese improved seven strokes from round one to round three (84-75-77).
Sophomore Grier Bennett rounded out the scoring for the Panthers with a 242 (86-77-79).
High Point improved two spots from its eighth-place finish in 2012.
Coastal Carolina’s Brittany Henderson garnered the individual medal for the second straight year. She carded a 219 (73-71-75).
Earning the automatic bid to the NCAA regionals was Coastal Carolina, which shot 880 to win the title. Campbell took second at 888, while Longwood (914), Gardner-Webb (917) and Charleston Southern (931) rounded out the top five.
The 2013 Big South Women’s Golf Championship marks the end of the 2012-13 season for HPU.
HPU MEN’S GOLF TAKES 14TH
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The High Point University men’s golf team shot a combined 304 in the third and final round of the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational on Tuesday, placing 14th with a three-round score of 890 in Spartanburg, S.C. Freshman McKay Tye shot a one-under 71 for the round to finish as HPU’s low scorer for the day.
“We had a disappointing back nine today but McKay was a bright spot,” said HPU head coach Greg Flesher. “He has shown better fundamentals and a better putting stroke as the season went on. Overall today, we had good ball striking but just hit over some greens and had some other bad shots. The guys played hard and nobody quit.
“Our third round had been our best all season We were averaging 294 in third rounds. I’m just glad we got a bad one out of the way before the Big South Tournament next week. We’re excited and looking forward to next week anyway.”
Tye finished in a tie for 34th with a 54-hole score of 220 (75-74-71). Senior Chase Wilson was the top High Point finisher in the tournament, ending the third round with a total score of 218 (68-73-77). Wilson led the field with two eagles in the tournament and was tied for the lowest score on the par-5s at -10.
Freshman Tommy Dillon carded a 77 in the final round on Tuesday and finished in a tie for 62nd with a career-best 54-hole score of 226 (74-75-77). He birdied the last two holes. Sophomore Charles Valluzzo tied Dillon after his third-round 79 left him with a total score of 226 (70-77-79). Senior Brian Sullivan finished with an 80 in the third round and tied for 84th with a 54-hole score of 240 (79-81-80).
Freshman Logan McGuire competed as an individual, his first collegiate tournament. He had a three-round score of 243 (85-77-81).
East Tennessee State won the tournament, shooting 288 on Tuesday for a total of 853. They edged host Wofford, who shot 298 on Tuesday and totaled 855 for the tournament. Radford finished in third with a score of 861 while Appalachian State and Elon tied for fourth with matching three-round scores 862.
Caleb Keck of Appalachian State clinched the individual medal with a total score of 209. Wofford’s Charles Moore finished second in the tournament, one-stroke back of Keck.
HPU will wrap up the spring season at the 2013 Big South Championship beginning on Sunday. The three-day tournament will be held at the Patriot Golf Club in Ninety-Six, S.C.
HPU BASEBALL’S SPANO NAMED TO JOHNNY BENCH WATCH LIST
HIGH POINT — Sophomore catcher Josh Spano of the High Point University baseball team has been named to the 2013 Johnny Bench Award Watch List by the Wichita Area Sports Commission. The award is given annually to the top Division I catcher.
This is the first time that Spano has been named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List. The sophomore has started every game this season for HPU including 22 at catcher. He is hitting .331 with 25 RBIs, 28 runs scored and eight doubles. He has caught nine potential base stealers against him this season.
Spano is one of four Big South catchers on this season’s Johnny Bench watch list along with John Harris of Gardner-Webb, Trey Wimmer of Liberty and Matt Winn of VMI.
Spano is the third catcher from HPU to be named to the watch list. Billy Alvino was named to the watch list from 2007-09 and was a semifinalist 2009. Kyle Mahoney was named to the watch list in 2010 and 2011.
The watch list of 63 will be narrowed to 10 semifinalists on May 16.