HPU Men’s Golf Takes 14th in Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The High Point University men’s golf team shot a combined 304 in the third and final round of the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational on Tuesday, placing 14th with a three-round score of 890 in Spartanburg, S.C. Freshman McKay Tye shot a one-under 71 for the round to finish as HPU’s low scorer for the day.

“We had a disappointing back nine today but McKay was a bright spot,” said HPU head coach Greg Flesher. “He has shown better fundamentals and a better putting stroke as the season went on. Overall today, we had good ball striking but just hit over some greens and had some other bad shots. The guys played hard and nobody quit.

“Our third round had been our best all season We were averaging 294 in third rounds. I’m just glad we got a bad one out of the way before the Big South Tournament next week. We’re excited and looking forward to next week anyway.”

Tye finished in a tie for 34th with a 54-hole score of 220 (75-74-71). Senior Chase Wilson was the top High Point finisher in the tournament, ending the third round with a total score of 218 (68-73-77). Wilson led the field with two eagles in the tournament and was tied for the lowest score on the par-5s at -10.

Freshman Tommy Dillon carded a 77 in the final round on Tuesday and finished in a tie for 62nd with a career-best 54-hole score of 226 (74-75-77). He birdied the last two holes. Sophomore Charles Valluzzo tied Dillon after his third-round 79 left him with a total score of 226 (70-77-79). Senior Brian Sullivan finished with an 80 in the third round and tied for 84th with a 54-hole score of 240 (79-81-80).

Freshman Logan McGuire competed as an individual, his first collegiate tournament. He had a three-round score of 243 (85-77-81).

“Logan had some nervous energy but we were proud of him, especially for his low round of 77 yesterday,” said Flesher.

East Tennessee State won the tournament, shooting 288 on Tuesday for a total of 853. They edged host Wofford, who shot 298 on Tuesday and totaled 855 for the tournament. Radford finished in third with a score of 861 while Appalachian State and Elon tied for fourth with matching three-round scores 862.

Caleb Keck of Appalachian State clinched the individual medal with a total score of 209. Wofford’s Charles Moore finished second in the tournament, one-stroke back of Keck.

HPU will wrap up the spring season at the 2013 Big South Championship beginning on Sunday, April 21. The three-day tournament will be held at the Patriot Golf Club in Ninety-Six, S.C.