KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – UNCG’s men’s golf team turned in a team score of 14-over-par 298 in the final round to finish in fifth place at 23-over-par 875 (285-292-298) in the Irish Creek Intercollegiate co-hosted by Davidson and Charlotte at the par-71, 7,099-yard The Club at Irish Creek.
Junior Bryce Hendrix had the best individual finish for UNCG with a 2-over 215 (71-69-75), good for a tie for sixth.
The 15-team, 88-individual field featured four teams in the top 35, six in the top 100, and six individuals in the top 100: Akron, No. 15 Clemson, Dartmouth, Dayton, No. 4 Georgia Tech, Indiana, No. 35 Kansas, No. 64 Middle Tennessee State, No. 29 North Florida and No. 99 West Virginia.
Leading the field entering the final round, Clemson remained in first place with a team score of 7-over 859 (277-288-294). North Florida (291-289-281) came in second place seven strokes behind, and Georgia Tech was third at 15-over 867 (277-297-293). Kansas (285-297-292) was one stroke ahead of UNCG for fourth place.
No. 45 Turk Pettit of Clemson was the individual medalist, finishing the tournament with a 4-under 209 (66-70-73). Indiana’s Jake Brown (74-66-72) came in second place three strokes behind, and Kansas’ Daniel Sutton was the only other golfer to finish par or better with an even-par 213 (70-72-71). Conor Purcell (67-78-70) of Charlotte tied with Hendrix for sixth place.
UNCG freshman Nick Lyerly tied for 20th place at 6-over 219 (71-76-72) and had just two bogeys in the final round for the Spartans’ lowest round score. Sophomore Jonathan Brightwell (72-71-77) finished one stroke behind for a tie in 24th place. Senior Josh Stockwell (71-76-74) was one stroke behind Brightwell to tie for 30th place.
Sophomore Grant Powell registered a 23-over 236 (77-80-79) for a tie in 75th place.
With the regular season concluded, UNCG will resume play in two weeks with the Southern Conference Men’s Golf Championship on April 22-24 at Pinehurst No. 9.