• High Point shot a 307 in the final round to end the tournament with a score of 919.
• Sophomores Jack Sides and Alex Thompson had the best round of the day for HPU with matching scores of 76.
• Sides finished the tournament tied for 15th, tops among Panther golfers.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – The High Point University men’s golf team shot a combined 307 in the final round of the Wendy’s Kiawah Classic on Tuesday to finish in a tie for 17th at the Turtle Point Golf Club with a 54-hole total of 919. Sophomore Jack Sides led HPU with a score of 220, finishing tied for 15th.
“A lot of our weaknesses came through in the tournament this week,” head coach Greg Flesher said. “I am thrilled with the performance of Jack Sides who played really well over the past three days. We really need more consistant performances like his from everyone when we begin play in the spring. Guys have to be prepared to put in some work this winter and come back ready to win their spots in the spring.”
Sides shot a four-over 76 on Tuesday to end the tournament with a three-round score of 220 (74-70-76). Fellow sophomore Alex Thompson matched Sides with a 76 in the final round to move into a tie for 73rd with a score of 232 (77-79-76).
Redshirt-freshman AJ Hopkins finished one-stroke back of Thompson in a tie for 77th with a total score of 233 (79-76-78) while freshman Emile Menard carded a 77 on the day and ended the tournament in a tie for 79th with a score of 234 (75-82-77). Senior LJ Goergetti rounded out the Panthers competitors in 104th with a total score of 251 (82-82-87).
Winthrop claimed the team title after shooting a combined 281 in the final round to finish with a total score of 864. Georgia Southern moved into second with a score of 868 while Marquette and Missouri tied for third with matching scores of 878. Jacksonville State and GRU Augusta each shot a combined 881 over the three rounds to finish tied for fifth.
Goergia Southern’s Scott Wolfes and USC Upstate’s Ryan Cornfield tied for the individual medal with a three-round score of 210. Wolfes shot a tournament-record 63 in the final round to move into a tie for first. The pair finished one-stroke better than Tomasz Anderson of Jacksonville State who ended the tournament in third with a score of 211.
The Wendy’s Kiawah Classic is the final fall tournament for the Panthers. High Point will return from the winter break on Feb. 15 when the team will face UNCG in the Carolina Cup at the Legends Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.