FLORENCE, S.C. — The High Point University men’s golf team placed 15th in the 28th annual Raines Development Group Intercollegiate Tournament to open the season on Monday and Tuesday at the Country Club of South Carolina in Florence, S.C. Senior Chase Wilson shot HPU’s low for the day, carding a 73 (+1).
“It was a rough day but we had some bright spots,” said HPU men’s golf coach Greg Flesher. “Chase shot one-under for most of the day before he finished with a few bogeys. He really didn’t hit a bad shot all day. I think LJ Georgetti believes he can play with the top players in the conference after the way he performed in this tournament.”
Georgetti and sophomore Sam Stewart each shot three-day totals of 221 to tie for 38th in the tournament. Georgetti shot 73-69-79 and was the Panthers’ leader through two rounds. Stewart shot 70-73-78.
“LJ didn’t play his best today, but he conducted himself like a winner,” said Flesher. “He played well even though the score didn’t show it and represented High Point University well.”
Wilson carded rounds of 75 and 74 on Monday before posting a one-over 73 on Tuesday to finish at 222. He tied for 45th overall. Sophomore Charles Valluzzo finished with a three-day score of 232 (75-79-78) to tie for 75th and freshman Tommy Dillon totaled 241 (80-82-79) to tie for 83rd.
Three players tied at 309 (-7) for the individual win: Gardner-Webb’s Daniel Kim and Matthew Yelverton and Old Dominion’s Jamison Randall.
As a team, High Point shot 293 and 295 in the first two rounds on Monday before finishing with a 308 on Tuesday for a three-round total of 896. The Panthers finished 15th and bested new conference rival Longwood, which finished 16th. Gardner-Webb won the tournament with a three-day score of 850 followed by Georgia College (854) and Old Dominion (855).
The 54-hole event featured 16 teams and was played on the par 72, 7,062-yard Country Club of South Carolina course.
High Point returns to action with the Joe Agee Invitational hosted by William & Mary Sept. 24-25 in Williamsburg, Va. The Panthers finished third in the tournament last fall.