HPU Men’s Golf: Bartolomucci Cards Final-Round 71 at Kiawah Island

• Sophomore RJ Bartolomucci fired HPU’s best round of the day recording a -1 ( 71) for his second team-leading round of the three-day event.
• For the fourth straight tournament, sophomore Brendan MacDougall was the team’s top finisher placing in a tie for 14th (75-71-77, 223).
• The Panthers earned their second top-10 finish of the season tying Winthrop for ninth in the field (311-298-303, 912).

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – The High Point University men’s golf team wrapped up its three-day stay at the East Bay Deli Classic with a ninth-place finish on Tuesday at the Turtle Point Golf Course.

For the second time in three rounds, RJ Bartolomucci paced the Panthers carding a -1 (71). The sophomore birdied three of his final eight holes to finish the tournament tied for 29th overall (74-83-71, 228).

“It doesn’t matter how easy or hard a course plays when you are dead last in par-5 scoring, it’s going to be hard to compete to win a golf tournament,” head coach Brady Gregor said. “It’s easy to see this program has turned a corner by the way we have competed early on in events and now it’s on me as the coach to make sure that we start having stronger finishes.”

High Point garnered its second top-10 finish of the fall using 912 strokes to traverse the par-72, 6,911-yard course three times. HPU tied with Big South foe Winthrop while No. 26 Tennessee won the tournament with 873 strokes.

Leading the team on the leaderboard, sophomore Brendan MacDougall fired a +5 (77) in the final round on Tuesday. The Calgary, Alberta native was the highest finisher for the fourth time in four tournaments finishing the 54-holes in 223 strokes.

Just one stroke behind MacDougall, senior Emile Menard rode his second-round 67 to a tie for 16th (78-67-79, 224). With his best round of the tournament, sophomore Alec Weary shot a +5 (77) and improved by seven strokes from his Monday round.

Rounding out the lineup, junior Davis Kiger fired a 78 while freshman Ryan McCarthy wrapped up his first collegiate appearance with an 80.

The Purple & White complete their fall slate on Friday and Saturday in the Battle at Stono Ferry in Charleston, S.C.