• Senior Emile Menard carded the best round of his career shooting a -5 (67) and is tied for the lead through two rounds.
• Sophomore Brendan MacDougall is tied for sixth overall a stroke behind Menard after carding a -1 (71).
• Facing less wind, High Point improved by 13 strokes on yesterday’s round shooting a 298 and are in sixth overall with one round to play on Tuesday.
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Senior Emile Menard posted the best round of his collegiate career and is tied for the lead as the High Point University men’s golf team continued play in the East Bay Deli Classic in Kiawah Island, S.C.
With wind playing less of a factor on Monday, Menard took advantage of the Turtle Point Golf Course racking up seven birdies on the day. The Ange-Gardien, Quebec product birdied four of his first six holes and carried his strong play throughout the afternoon to jump from 25th and into a tie for the lead heading into the final round.
“We had the fourth-best round of round one and the eighth-best today, but we were really close to having the great round we wanted,” head coach Brady Gregor said. “It was an awesome day for Emile shooting his career-best round on one of the toughest courses we’ve played all year. Our student assistant Connor Alexander walked with him every hole and they made a great team out there. We are looking for our lowest round of the event tomorrow to make a final-round charge. With Emile and Brendan at the top of the leaderboard, it will be an exciting finish coming down the home stretch.”
Menard’s -5 (67) is tied for the fourth-lowest round against par since HPU moved to Division I competition. It’s also the best round in the event by two strokes. The senior is third in the tournament with nine birdies with seven coming today.
As a team, the Panthers improved from the first round by 13 strokes with a 298 on the day and are sixth overall. High Point remains the highest of four Big South teams on the leaderboard with Tuesday’s round still to play.
Menard’s countryman, sophomore Brendan MacDougall is one stroke back and tied for fourth after shooting a -1 (71) on the day (75-71, +2). MacDougall was +2 after eight holes this morning, but he followed birdies on nine and 11 with an eagle on 13 to spark a strong finish. The Calgary, Alberta native is the only player in the 93-man field with two eagles in the tournament so far.
Junior Davis Kiger opened his day strong as he made the turn at even and finished the round +5 (77) and is tied for 63rd. Rounding out the lineup, sophomore RJ Bartolomucci and freshman Ryan McCarthy both shot matching 83s while sophomore Alec Weary carded an 84.
The Purple & White wrap up play in the East Bay Deli Classic with the final 18 holes on Tuesday morning. The team will stay in the Charleston, S.C. area throughout the week to take part in The Battle at Stono Ferry on Friday and Satuday.