NINETY-SIX, S.C. — High Point University senior Chase Wilson was named to the All-Big South team and freshman McKay Tye was named to the All-Freshman team at the Big South Men’s Golf Championship on Tuesday at the Patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six, S.C. The Panthers finished ninth in the tournament.
High Point posted a three-round total of 942 (313-305-312) to place ninth. Coastal Carolina scored 881 to win by two strokes over Liberty (883). Liberty’s Mathieu Fenasse was the individual winner with a score of 211 (75-70-66).
The Panthers’ top finisher was sophomore Charles Valluzo, who posted a three-round total of 228 (76-74-78) to finish in a tie for 17th. Wilson and freshman Tommy Dillon each scored 232 to finish tied with two others for 31st. Wilson entered the last hole at -1 before posting a 76 on Tuesday.
“Chase had a great career here and he was very much responsible for the maturity of our younger players this season,” said HPU head coach Greg Flesher. “With his attitude and work ethic, he can’t be replaced. He had three wins this year and had a great round going today until he ran into difficulties on the last hole. We’ll sure miss him next year.”
Dillon’s notched his 232 with a 79 in the first round, 76 in the second and 77 in the third. Tye tied for 41st with a three-day total of 238 (79-78-81) and senior Brian Sullivan tied for 47th with a score of 253 (83-84-86).
“I think we’re in very good position to move forward with players like McKay Tye and Tommy Dillon returning along with the recruits we’re going to bring in,” said Flesher, who is in his first season at HPU. “Tommy has taken his game to the next level. He really improved this year. McKay has shown moments of being great. He has improved his fundamentals and will continue to improve.
“The best thing about this year is that we created an atmosphere of expectations. We expect to be successful every round. We’ve had great practice sessions and it didn’t always come through in the tournaments this year, but the environment we’ve created is that we expect to win.”
Back in the fall, High Point won the Joe Agee invitational at William & Mary with a score of 861, which was the team’s best three-round total of the season. The Panthers also posted top-five finishes at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate in October and the C&F Bank Intercollegiate in March.