• Freshman Alec Weary fired back-to-back 71’s to finish day one tied atop the learderboard at -2 (71, 71; -2).
• As a team, the Purple & White improved by nine strokes in the second round of the day and rank ninth (304, 295; 599), but are just four strokes away from the field’s top-5.
• Freshman Brendan MacDougall rebounded from a +5 (77) first round to card an E (72) on the second 18 and is tied for 20th overall (77, 72; +5).
HILTON HEAD, S.C. – Through 36 holes, High Point University men’s golf’s freshman Alec Weary is tied atop the leaderboard at the Wexner Plantation Intercollegiate in Hilton Head, S.C.
“For the first day back, the guys did a good job and I am proud of the way everyone stayed in it and regrouped for the second round, which was close to being a great round,” head coach Brady Gregor said. “We have some things that we need to address before tomorrow’s round, but we are only 11 shots out of the lead and we definitely have the firepower to put us back in the hunt if we get started quickly.”
Weary opened the day with six birdies through the first 18 holes to kick off a great day for the Bluffton, S.C. product. He finished the first round with a -1 (71) before repeating that performance with another -1 (71) in the second round.
“I am really proud of the way Alec carried himself today throughout his rounds,” Gregor continued. “It really showed how he has matured after getting his first semester of college under his belt. As for his game, it speaks for itself.”
Overall, Weary is in a three-way tie for first place heading into the second day, while the team enters the final day in ninth but is just three strokes from sixth.
Freshman Brendan MacDougall started slow carding a +5 (77) through his first trip around the course. However, the Calgary, Alberta native recovered firing an E (72) in the second round. In total, MacDougall is tied for 20th after tallying three birdies in his second 18 holes.
Meanwhile, another freshman, RJ Bartolomucci, is tied for 37th (78, 74; +8) and highlighted his performance with an eagle on the 15th during the first round. The eagle was one of just seven on the day in the tournament.
Rounding out the quintet, sophomore Davis Kiger (80, 78; +14) finished the day in a tie for 67th while freshman Justin Lenzini completed his day in 83rd (78, 84; +18).
The squad will be back out on the course bright and early tomorrow for the final 18 holes.