High Point Women’s Golf finishes second at St. Augustine Surf and Turf

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — The High Point University women’s golf team shot a 328 in the second round of the St. Augustine Surf and Turf at the Marsh Creek Country Club to finish the two-day tournament with a team score of 655 (327-328). Big South foe Gardner-Webb, the only other team competing, scored a two-day 647.

“It wasn’t quite as windy today as it was yesterday,” said HPU head coach Vici Pate Flesher. “Neither team had seen the course before and this was a good chance for us to play well against a good team. I am disappointed and we will have to bring everything together so that we can play well in Williamsburg in two weeks.”

Sophomore Angela Gimenez fired an 80 on Monday to finish the tournament with a two-day score of 163 (83-80). She led the Panthers and tied for third overall. Junior Audra McShane matched her first round score and shot an 82 to finish with a 164 while fellow junior Jessica Neese improved eight strokes to card an 81. Neese shot an 89 on Sunday to end the tournament with a 170.

The freshman combination of Grier Bennett and Kaila Tuccio rounded out the HPU five with Bennett shooting an 85 to finish at 165 (80-85) and Tuccio turning in a 91 to go along with her 82 from Sunday to finish the two-day event with a 173.

Sophomore Margaret Suchan shot a 181 over two days (90-91) and fellow sophomore Jordan Coakley followed her first round 97 with another 97 to finish with a 36-hole score of 194. Both competed as individuals.

Gardner-Webb’s Hannah Hellyer took home top individual honors as she matched Gimenez with an 80 in the second round. Hellyer turned in a 74 on Sunday and finished the tournament with a 158.

The first round of the tournament was played at the Palencia Club.

High Point is off until March 18 when it heads to Williamsburg, Va., to take part in the 2012 C&F Bank Invitational. The three-day event is hosted by William & Mary. In last year’s tournament, the Panthers finished 16th out of 22 teams with a two-day score of 673.