WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The High Point University men’s golf team finished the first day of the C&F Bank Intercollegiate in ninth place out of 29 teams after shooting a combined 292 on Sunday in Williamsburg, Va. Freshman Sam Stewart continued his strong play from the spring with a career-low round of 70.
“I think we could have played a little better today,” head coach J.B. White said. “I am not really unhappy with any of the scores, but our short game still seems to be a bit of a problem. We just need to continue to keep working hard. Sam had a good round all-day long. He seems to be peaking at the right time.”
Stewart recorded four birdies on the day including three in a row on holes 14, 15 and 16 to finish one-under par for the round. The freshman is currently in a tie for ninth place after 18 holes. Senior Thomas McLellan also had a strong round, carding a one-over 73. McLellan matched Stewart with four birdies in the round and finished the day in a tie for 22nd.
Senior Curtis Brotherton ended the day tied for 51st place after scoring a three-over 74 on the opening 18 while freshman Charles Valluzzo carded a five-over 76 to finish in a tie for 80th. Junior Chase Wilson was the fifth HPU golfer to score in the 70s with a 79 for the round, leaving him in a tie for 116th.
Missouri shot a combined two-under 282 and lead the team standings after the first round. UNC Greensboro is in second place with a 284 and Appalachian State is in third with a combined score of 285. Old Dominion (288) and Radford (289) round out the top five.
Emilio Cuartero finished the day with a five-under 66 and sits atop the individual leaderboard. Cuartero leads by one stroke over teammate Jace Long who shot a 67. Cody Fixari of Wright State and Tom Wilde of Old Dominion are tied for third with matching scores of 68 after one round.
High Point will return to the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. for the second of three rounds at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate. HPU will tee off at 12:30 p.m., at the first hole. The Panthers will play with William & Mary and Loyola-Maryland.