• High Point is tied for second at the Cape Fear National Womens Intercollegiate after shooting a combined 319 in the opening round.
• Sophomore Danielle Fuss finished the day tied for fourth with an opening-round 78.
• Junior Casey Ward and Freshman Cayla Smith also finished the day among the top 10.
LELAND, N.C. – The High Point University women’s golf team shot a combined 319 in the first round of the Cape Fear National Womens Intercollegiate on Sunday in Leland, N.C., to finish the day tied for second out of six teams.
“Unfortunately things didn’t go as planned today,” head coach Vici Pate Flescher said. “We’re going to work hard after the round today and come back tomorrow with a better idea of what we need to do. I do know we need to make better decisions on the golf course. We need to trust our games.”
Sophomore Danielle Fuss carded a six-over 78 in the opening round and was the Panthers’ top scorer, finishing in a tie for fourth. Fuss posted two birdies and eight pars while never registering worst than a bogey on any hole.
Junior Casey Ward finished in a tie for sixth with an opening round 79 while freshman Cayla Smith also ended the day in the top 10, finishing tied for eighth with a score of 80. Senior Grier Bennett and junior Tan Cheeranont tied for 13th with matching scores of 82 on the first day.
Host Appalachian State leads the team race after the first round thanks to a combined score of 216 through 18 holes. Gardner-Webb is tied for second along with High Point. IUPUI (322), The Citadel (345) and Mercyhurst (376) round out the field.
Gardner-Webb’s Courtney Yarich leads the race for the individual medal after scoring a one-over 73 in the first round. Yarich holds a one-stroke lead over Savanna Wood of Appalachian State who carded a 74 through 18 holes.
High Point will return to the Cape Fear National Golf Course on Monday, March 16, for the second and final round of the Cape Fear National Womens Intercollegiate.