HPU Men’s Golf Sits 14th After Round One Of The Wendy’s Kiawah Classic

• High Point shot a combined 305 on Sunday and is in 14th after the first day.
• Sophomore Jack Sides carded a two-over 74 to lead the Panthers on the day, finishing tied for 26th.
• High Point returns to the Turtle Point Golf Club for the second round of the Wendy’s Kiawah Classic on Monday.

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – The High Point University men’s golf team finished the first day of the Wendy’s Kiawah Classic in 14th out of 20 teams with a combined team score of 305 on Sunday at the Turtle Point Golf Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

“We struggled early today but I am really happy with the way we responded after a dificult first few holes,” head coach Greg Flesher said. “We were the first ones off the first hole today and played the first four holes during the codest and windiest part of the day. We made a great comeback after a poor first few holes. Emile Menard had a great back nine and Jack Sides was solid throughout the round. I am looking forward to a better round tomorrow. Intelligence and good course management will be needed for us to perform better tomorrow.”

Sophomore Jack Sides shot a two-over 74 in the opening round on Sunday and finished tied for 26th, tops among High Point golfers. Sides finished the round with four birdies, the most of any Panther golfer on the day.

Freshman Emile Menard tied for 35th with an opening-round 75 while sophomore Alex Thompson finished tied for 46th after carding a 77 through the first 18 holes. Redshirt-freshman AJ Hopkins ended the day two-strokes back of Thompson in a tie for 70th with a score of 79 and senior LJ Georgetti tied for 95th with a score of 82.

Winthrop sits atop the team standings after the first round with a combined scores of 288, one-shot ahead of Missouri and two-shots clear of GRU Augusta. Jacksonville State and Richmond ended the day tied for fifth with matchign scores of 295.

GRU Augusta’s Jake Marriott is the individual day-one leader with a six-under 66. He sits three-shots clear of Winthrop’s Zach Seabolt and four clear of a group of four golfers tied for third.

The Wendy’s Kiawah Classic will continue at the Turtle Point Golf Club on Monday, Nov. 3 with the second of three rounds. The round will commence with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.