HPU Men’s Golf Finishes 11th At Patriot Intercollegiate

• The Panthers notched a combined score of 898 (304-298-296) after three rounds, finishing 11th out of 17 teams.
• Freshman Jack Speer III led the Panthers with a 54-hole score of 220 (75-73-72, +7), finishing t-22nd.
• Senior McKay Tye led the squad in pars and carded a three-round score of 222 (75-73-74) to finish t-30th.

LORTON, VA. – The High Point University men’s golf team wrapped up its final round at the Patriot Intercollegiate Monday and finished with a combined score of 898 (304, 298, 296). The squad placed 11th out of 17 competing teams, while freshman Jack Speer posted the Panthers top score with a 220 (75-73-72).

The Purple & White finished ahead of a group of teams that included Villanova, Saint Joseph’s and La Salle.

“The team improved in each round of the tournament,” head coach Greg Flesher said. “Jack Speer was our key player today and really propelled us with his strong round.”

Speer had an impressive third round with a one-over par 72 to finish in a tie for 22nd in the individual standings. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native finished the intercollegiate carding 30 pars and 10 birdies.

“I like to see the constant improvement, and it showed on the course today with better course management,” Flesher said. “We could still use some work on our putting, but overall we struck the ball very well today.”

Senior McKay Tye finished two strokes back of Speer in a tie for 30th with a total score of 222 (75-73-74). Sophomore Emile Menard followed, finishing t-53rd with a three-round score of 228 (77-75-76). Freshman Davis Kiger maintained under-80 in all three rounds, carding a matching 232 with sophomore AJ Hopkins. Kiger (77-77-78) and Hopkins (77-81-74) finished t-64th.

West Florida claimed the team title after shooting a combined 279 in the final round to finish with a total score of 847. James Madison moved into the second place position finishing with a combined three-round score of 860. Towson (862), Bethune-Cookman University (871) and host George Mason (875) round out the top-5 teams.

The squad will continue its fall season on Oct. 12 in Morganton, N.C. when the Purple & White will compete in the Donald Ross Invitational.