MORGANTON, N.C. – The High Point University men’s golf team finished day one of the Donald Ross Intercollegiate in 10th place out of 17 teams on Monday at the Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club in Morganton, N.C. HPU shot 295 in the first round and was 12 over for the second round when play was called for darkness.
“The team played alright today in very tough conditions,” head coach Greg Flesher said. “The winds were gusting up to 30 miles per hour and I was proud of how the guys responded. As a team we had too many big numbers, but we had some moments of greatness and if we can eliminate the doubles and triples we can put up some great scores.”
The Panthers dealt with difficult conditions throughout the day including multiple rain delays. Senior Chase Wilson led High Point, finishing in a tie for third at the end of play. Wilson shot a one-under 69 in the first round and was even in the second through 14 holes.
Sophomore Charles Valluzzo carded a 75 in the first round and was two over in the second, ending the day in a tie for 44th. Freshman McKay Tye matched Valluzzo with an opening-round 75 and was four over in the second round leaving him in a tie for 57th.
Sophomore Sam Stewart finished the day in a tie for 67th after carding a three-over 73 in the first round and ending the day at seven over in the second round. Senior Brian Sullivan rounded out the HPU five in a tie for 87th, carding an 83 in the first round and shooting six over in the second at the conclusion of play.
James Madison sits atop the team standings at the end of play, turning in a 281 in the first round and shooting seven over in the second. The Dukes lead by one stroke over Western Carolina which shot 285 in the first round and was shooting four over in the second.
Appalachian State’s Casey Komline leads in the race for the individual medal. Komline shot a two-under 68 in the first round and was two-under in the second round at the conclusion of play.
Play will resume in Morganton, N.C., on Tuesday at 9 a.m., with the conclusion of the second round followed by the third and final round.