Men's Golf Heads To SoCon Championships In Pinehurst
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG men's golf team heads down to Pinehurst this weekend for the 2017 Southern Conference Championships, held at Pinehurst No. 9. Due to inclement weather, the teams will try to play 36-holes Sunday and then play the final round either Monday or Tuesday depending on weather. Live scoring will be available at www.golfstatresults.com and at www.uncgspartans.com.
The Spartans enter the tournament as the top ranked team in the SoCon in the latest Golf Week rankings, coming in at No. 87 in the country. UNCG has finished first or second the past two years at the SoCon Championships and has been in the top three the last three years. Last season, the Spartans finished in second place, just one shot behind East Tennessee State for the title. In 2015, the Spartans and Bucs finished in a tie for first place with UNCG falling in the first hole of the playoff.
UNCG enters the weekend with the lowest scoring average as a team in the SoCon at 289.07. The Spartans have finished in sixth place in three straight tournaments – accomplishing the feat at the Linger Longer Invitational, Irish Creek Collegiate and the Wolfpack Spring Open. The Spartans' No. 87 ranking is the highest in the SoCon, while Chattanooga is second at No. 95 and ETSU is third at No. 116.
Sophomore Bryce Hendrix (Greenville, N.C./D.H. Conley) leads the Spartans into the week with a team-best 72.18 stroke average, ranking fourth overall in the SoCon. Hendrix has posted six top-25 finishes this season, including three straight to close out the regular season. He recorded a season-best fifth place showing at the Linger Longer to earn SoCon Player of the Week honors, shooting a career-low 67 in round two. Hendrix finished 14th last season at the SoCon Championships on his way to the SoCon Freshman of the Year honor.
Junior Josh Stockwell (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) returns to Pinehurst No. 9 with confidence as he has finished in the top 12 in his first two years of the SoCon Championships. Stockwell placed seventh overall in last year's event and was 12th as a freshman in 2015. He closed out this year second on the team and seventh in the SoCon with a 72.61 stroke average. He tallied four top-30 finishes on the year, including a pair of 18th-place showings at the VCU Shootout and the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate.
Freshman Jonathan Brightwell (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) enters the SoCon Tournament on a roll having won back-to-back SoCon Player of the Week honors to close out the regular season. Brightwell ranks 10th in the SoCon and leads all league freshmen with a 72.96 stroke average. He finished the year with three straight top-20 finishes, beginning with a 15th place showing at the Linger Longer. He earned his first weekly honor after placing 19th at Irish Creek and tallied his second with a seventh-place performance at the Wolfpack Spring Open. Brightwell tied the UNCG single-round record with a 63 in round two at the Wolfpack.
Junior Joseph Cansler (Clemmons, N.C./Surry CC) finished the year ranked 13th in the SoCon and fourth on the team with a 73.61 stroke average. He posted an 18th-place finish at the VCU Shootout in the fall and recorded a career-low 68 at the Wolfpack Spring Open last time out.
Senior Jake McGlone (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte, Latin) will be making his fourth appearance in the SoCon Championships at Pinehurst No. 9. McGlone as two top-20 finishes on the course, including a third place performance in 2015. He has twice posted a 3-under par 69 on the course in 2015 and 2014. He closed out the regular season with a 73.31 stroke average, ranking 15th in the SoCon. He won the Tar Heel Invitational in the fall and was 10th at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate.
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