HIGH POINT, N.C. — High Point University has named Greg Flesher head coach of the men’s golf team, Athletic Director Craig Keilitz announced on Friday. A veteran of the golf profession since 1988, Flesher most recently was head coach of men’s and women’s golf at Pfeiffer University.
“Greg Flesher’s experience, ability to teach the game and his enthusiasm made him a perfect fit to become our men’s golf coach,” said Keilitz. “We are so excited have him work with our current student-athletes and get on the recruiting trail.”
In his first season at Pfeiffer in 2010-11, Flesher helped the Falcons’ men’s golf team improve to fourth in the Conference Carolinas Championship after placing eighth the season before. The following season, every one of Flesher’s returning men’s golfers improved. Five Pfeiffer golfers improved by at least three strokes per round.
“I can’t wait to get to High Point University and get started working with the team,” said Flesher. “We will work hard and have fun. The improvements will be rewarding and I think we will surprise some teams by the end of next season. I have heard that we have a great group of guys and I’m excited for the opportunity to work with them. The best is still ahead for the golf programs at High Point University.”
In addition to Pfeiffer’s improvement in the Conference Carolinas, the men’s team set a program record for best one-day score (-11) in the final round of the Pfeiffer Intercollegiate at the Badin Inn Resort & Golf Club in Badin, N.C., in the fall of 2011. From 2010-11 to 2011-12, Falcon junior Thomas Sennett improved his stroke average from 77.50 to 74.13 and senior Cameron Fields improved from 78.57 to 75.17. Troy Bulmer, a David Toms Award finalist as a player who overcame hardship, posted a team-best 73.42, and the team’s top four each averaged under 75. Falcon sophomore Luis Jacintho notched a low round of 65 and qualified for the 2012 U.S. Open Sectional.
Pfeiffer’s women’s golf team placed third in the Conference Carolinas in both of its seasons under Flesher’s leadership. The team featured three All-Conference members in 2012. Along with coaching the men’s and women’s teams at Pfieffer, Flesher also coordinated three home tournaments which hosted over 36 teams.
A certified PGA Instructor, Flesher spent over a decade as Head Golf Professional at both Owensboro Country Club in Owensboro, Ky., and Eagle’s Nest Country Club in Somerset, Ky. He taught over 40 students who went on to play collegiate golf. Flesher was also responsible for managing several other aspects of each country club along with the teaching programs. While at Eagle’s Nest, his teaching programs produced two Kentucky state championship high school golf teams.
The students who Flesher helped prepare for collegiate golf went on to record many impressive accomplishments. Matt Atkins, who went to Div. II USC Aiken, won the 2012 NCAA Super Regional. Cameron Carrico was a Div. I All-Region honoree and Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year for Murray State in 2011. Two of Flesher’s students went on to play in the Southeastern Conference: Johnny Cain and Derrick Centers. Cain was a top-five player for Kentucky and Centers played for Tennessee, finishing 11th in the SEC Championship in 1998.
As a player, Flesher competed in two Club Professional National Championships and competed in NGA Mini-Tours. He was three-time Central Illinois Player of the Year. He played for Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., and won 10 collegiate tournaments. He graduated from Georgetown College with a degree in Business Administration and Economics with a minor in Public Communications.
Flesher is married to HPU women’s golf coach Vici Pate Flesher. He was a volunteer assistant with Vici’s 2009-10 NCAA Div. III champ Methodist University women’s golf team. The two reside in Thomasville, N.C.