HPU women’s golf finishes third in Big South tourney

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 09:08 PM

The High Point University women’s golf team finished third at the Big South Conference Tournament at The Patriot at Grand Harbor in Ninety-Six, S.C. The Panthers third-place finish matched the best finish in program history. Freshman Danielle Fuss placed ninth and is HPU’s first top-10 finisher since 2011.

“I am so proud of this team and happy especially for Danielle,” said HPU head coach Vici Pate Flesher. “Danielle played so well and it isn’t a fluke, she has worked so hard this year. The team set its sights on a lot of school records but they really worked hard to match the best Big South Tournament finish ever. I am so excited that we return everyone next year and we will continue to improve and take the program to greater heights.”
High Point carded a team score of 316 in the final round to finish with a 921 (301-304-316). The Panthers’ 921 is the lowest score for the program ever at a Big South Tournament. HPU’s previous best was a 930 in 2005.
Freshman Danielle Fuss was HPU’s top finisher in ninth place. Fuss carded a 227 (74-76-77). Fuss is HPU’s first top-10 finisher since Jessica Neese placed fifth in 2011.
Freshman Sarah Bae carded a 76 in Tuesday’s final round to move from 22nd at the start of the day to a 13th-place finish. Bae finished the tournament at 231 (79-76-76).
Sophomore Casey Ward tied for 18th with a three-day score of 233 (78-73-82) and junior Grier Bennett carded a 236 (72-82-82) to finish 25th. Sophomore Tan Cheeranont finished tied for 26th with a 237 (77-79-81).
Campbell led the entire tournament to take the Big South title. Louise Latorre led the Camels with a 213 to take the individual title. The top four teams remained unchanged throughout the tournament as Coastal Carolina finished ahead of HPU in second and Gardner-Webb took fourth.
This matched the best finish for HPU in the Big South Tournament. High Point also finished third at the 2005 Big South Conference tourney.

MCKAY, SIDES SPARK PANTHER MEN
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The High Point University men’s golf team finished up the final round at the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational on Tuesday. Sophomore Tye McKay shot a low round one-over 73 in the final round and tied with freshman Jack Sides as HPU’s top finisher.
Lamar shot a 12-under 276 in the final round to storm past Elon for the team title with a 54-hole score of 833 (273-284-276). Elon, which led by 11 strokes after two rounds, carded a 291 on Tuesday to finish with a score of 837 (274-272-291). Host Wofford placed finished third, Radford placed fourth and TCU and Appalachian State tied for fifth. High Point finished 15th.
Elon’s John Somers held onto his 36-hole lead for the individual title by shooting a one-over 73 on Tuesday to finish the tournament at 10 under par (206).
McKay improved in each round of the tournament, shooting his best round on Tuesday to finish with a 54-hole score of 224 (76-74-74). Sides matched his second round score with a two-over 74 in the final round to also card a 224 (76-74-74). McKay and Sides tied for 62nd.
Senior LJ Georgetti and sophomore Tommy Dillon ended the tournament with season-best 54-hole scores. Georgetti ended the tournament at 230 (74-75-81) while Dillon carded a 231 (73-76-82). Freshman Alex Thompson rounded out HPU’s scoring in his first collegiate tournament with a score of 235 (80-74-81).
High Point will close its season at the Big South Tournament beginning Monday in Ninety-Six, S.C. The three-day tournament will be held at The Patriot at Grand Harbour.

HPU-UNCG BASEBALL CANCELLED BY RAIN
HIGH POINT — The High Point University baseball game against UNC Greensboro scheduled for Tuesday at Williard Stadium has been canceled due to inclement weather in the High Point area.
The Panthers will return to action on Thursday when they host Winthrop in a three-game conference series. The teams will play at 6 p.m., on Thursday, then again at 4 p.m., on Friday and 1 p.m., on Saturday.