GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men’s golf team posted a 13-over par 301 in round one of the 25th annual Puerto Rico Classic hosted by Purdue at the Rio Mar Beach & Spa Resort’s River Course to sit in 14th place overall in the strong field. Round two will be played Monday with the Spartans set for a shotgun start at 8 a.m. from holes No. 15-18. Live scoring of the prestigious event will be available via Birdie Fire with links at www.uncgspartans.com.
The 17-team field is one of the deepest and competitive fields in all of golf as every team is ranked in the top 100. The field features 11 teams in the top 50 and four teams in the top 25, highlighted by ninth-ranked Georgia. Also joining the Spartans in the field include No. 48 Alabama, No. 22 Clemson, No. 28 Georgia Tech, Maryland, No. 47 Middle Tennessee, No. 50 NC State, No. 17 North Carolina, No. 36 Northwestern, Ohio State, No. 15 Mississippi, No. 40 Purdue, No. 42 Kentucky and Virginia Tech.
The Spartans are in 14th place after the first round, four shots behind tournament host and No. 40 Purdue and five strokes behind No. 48 Alabama and No. 17 North Carolina. No. 9 Georgia holds the overall lead at 7-under par 281 while No. 50 N.C. State is in second with a 5-under par 283.
Junior Josh Stockwell (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) led the Spartans in round one with a 1-over par 73 to sit in a tie for 27th place overall. Stockwell posted two birdies, one bogey, one double bogey and 14 par scores on the day. Sophomore Bryce Hendrix (Greenville, N.C./D.H. Conley) sits in a tie for 45th place overall after recording a 3-over par 75. Hendrix tallied a team-high four birdies to go along with five bogeys, one double bogey and eight par scores.
Freshman Jonathan Brightwell (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) turned in a 4-over par 76 to sit in 49th place overall. Brightwell carded 12 par scores on the day. Junior Joseph Cansler (Clemmons, N.C./Surry CC) is one behind in 56th place at 5-over par 77 while senior Jake McGlone (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin) rounds out the lineup in 59th place with a 6-over par 78.