HPU Women’s Golf Finishes Sixth at the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate

MORGANTON, N.C. – The High Point University women’s golf team shot 313 on Tuesday to finish sixth with a combined score of 633 at the Mimosa Hill Intercollegiate in Morganton, N.C. The Panthers trimmed seven shots off their first-round score to move up two spots in the standings.

“We improved two spots today, but we have some work to do before the conference tournament,” head coachVici Pate Flesher said. “The good news is that our best golf has yet to be played. Tan played the front nine second today, which seemed to suit her well. She was under par yesterday on the front nine and under par today on the same nine. The biggest difference was that she was able to stay away from high scores on holes 10-18 today. Jessica had the most consistent tournament. She kept a level head and fought to get pars.”

Freshman Tan Cheeranont had the top round of all HPU golfers with a two-over 74 on Tuesday. Cheeranont finished in a tie for seventh place with a score of 155 (81-74). High Point’s day-one leader Jessica Neesecarded an 80 and finished in a tie for 16th with a score of 157 (77-80).

Sophomore Grier Bennett finished the tournament in a tie for 28th after scoring an 81 on Tuesday which gave her a score of 161 (80-81). Senior Audra McShane tied with Grier Bennett, carding a 79 on the day to finish with a score of 161 (82-79). Freshman Casey Ward shot an 80 in the second round and finished tied for 33rd with a score of 162 (82-80).

Host and day-one lead Appalachian State shot the best combined round of the day with a 304 to pull away in the team standings. The Mountaineers finished in first with a two-day total of 610. Winthrop finished in second with a score of 620 while Jacksonville State and Wofford tied for third with matching scores of 629. Western Carolina finished in fifth with a total score of 630.

Winthrop’s Meagan Wallace shot a one-under 71 on Tuesday to move up from fifth and claim the individual medal with a two-day total of 146 (75-71). Yue Xu of Appalachian State finished second with a score of 148 (73-75) and teammate Haley Zagoria finished third with a 36-hole score of 149 (74-75).

The Panthers are off next week before heading to Ninety-Six, S.C., for the Big South Championship beginning on April 14. The three-day event will be held at the Patriot Golf Club. Last season, High Point finished eighth at the conference championship with a score of 956.