WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The High Point University men’s golf team shot a combined 304 on Tuesday and finished in ninth place out of 29 teams with a three-day score of 891 in Williamsburg, Va. Senior Curtis Brotherton carded a one-over 72 to end the tournament as HPU’s top finisher.
“I wasn’t very happy with how we closed out this tournament today,” head coach J.B. White said. “I still think we are headed in the right direction. It is nice to play in a tournament where you might not play your best and still be able to finish ahead of 20 teams. I was very happy with Curtis’ play today and also pleased with Chase’s round.”
Brotherton had two birdies on Tuesday and finished in a tie for 20th with a 54-hole score of 221. The senior finished two-strokes ahead of junior Chase Wilson who shot a 75 on in the final round and finished in a tie for 35th with a score of 223 (79-69-75).
Freshman Sam Stewart shot a 78 in the third round to finish in a tie for 41st with a three-day total of 224 (79-76-78) while fellow freshman Charles Valluzzo carded a 79 and finished in a tie for 76th with a 54-hole score of 230 (76-75-79). Senior Thomas McLellan turned in an 84 in the final round and finished in a tie for 109th with a three-round score of 235 (72-79-84).
Missouri led the team standings wire-to-wire, shooting 294 on Tuesday to finish in first with a three-day combined score of 870. UNC Greensboro and Old Dominion tied for second, two-strokes back of the Tigers with matching scores of 872. Francis Marion finished in fourth with a score of 880 while Radford ended the tournament in fifth with a score of 882.
Winthrop Kamito Hirai had the low individual round of the day with a two-under 69 to move from fourth to first in the individual standings. Hirai finished the tournament with a 54-hole score of 211, two-under par. Missouri’s Jace Long and Francis Marion’s Sebastian Backlund each scored a three-round 213 to finish tied for second, two-stroke back of Hirai.
High Point will be off next week before heading to Spartanburg, S.C. to play in the Coca-Cola Invitational beginning on April 9. The two-day, 54-hole tournament will be hosted by Wofford at the Country Club of Spartanburg and will serve as the Panthers’ final warm-up before the Big South Championship.