• Freshman Brendan MacDougall carded a +1 (71-72, 143) on the strength of an even 71 on the opening round.
• Sophomore Christian Casingal opened the day with an E (71) before finishing the day tied for 33rd.
• The Panthers will be back out on the course on Monday morning for the final round of the tournament.
LORTON, Va. – High Point University men’s golf team’s freshman Brendan MacDougall sits in a tie for 11th after the first day at the Patriot Intercollegiate in Lorton, Va. on Sunday.
The Calgary, Alberta native fired a 71 (E) on the first 18 holes at the 6,897-yard Laurel Hill Golf Course before wrapping up the day with a 72 (+1). His 143 score is good for a tie for 11th while carding a team-best five birdies.
“We started strong and we were near the top of the leaderboard after round one, but we didn’t have the strong finish that we needed,” head coach Brady Gregor said. “These guys believe in themselves and what we are doing, so it’s only a matter of time before we have that breakout round that propels us to where we aim to be. We look forward to the opportunity to move up the leaderboard tomorrow.”
After 36 holes, the Purple & White sit in a tie for 11th in the 21-team field by shooting under-300 in both rounds (296-298, 594).
Sophomore Christian Casingal also carded a 71 (E) on the first trip around the course before posting a 76 (+5) on the second go around. The Charleston, W. Va. product is tied for 31st overall, but is fifth in par 3 scoring (3.00).
Unlike the Panthers’ top two scorers, freshman Alec Weary fired a better round on the second 18. After tallying a 76 (+5) in the first round, Weary shot a 73 (+2) in the second. He will enter day two in a tie for 44th.
Rounding out the day for HPU was redshirt-junior AJ Hopkins (79-77, 156) and freshman RJ Bartolomucci (70-80, 158) who rank t-88th and t-99th overall. Hopkins improved two strokes in his second round while Bartolomucci’s up-and-down day featured five birdies.
The Panthers will be right back out on the course tomorrow morning in the third round of the Patriot Intercollegiate where Eastern Kentucky leads (563) after 36 holes.