GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG junior men’s golfer Bryce Hendrix (Greenville, N.C./D.H. Conley) posted the second-lowest 54-hole score in UNCG men’s golf history this weekend, finishing third overall at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate hosted by North Carolina at the Finley Golf Course. The Spartans as a team finished ninth overall in the challenging field and return to action Oct. 16-17 at the Auto Trader Collegiate in Georgia.
Hendrix finished third overall with a 12-under par 204 score, the second-lowest in program history trailing only former Spartan Carter Jenkins’ 203 score set in 2013. Hendrix opened the tournament with a 2-under par 70 in round one before carding a 7-under par 65 in round two. He followed that up with a 3-under par 69 in round there, notching five birdies, two bogeys and 11 par scores.
Hendrix finished second in the field in par-4 scoring at 8-under par and seventh in par-5 scoring at 8-under par. He ended the week seventh in the field with 15 birdies and his second round score of 7-under par 65 is sixth-lowest round in UNCG golf history as well as a new career-low.
The Spartans as a team finished the event in ninth place overall with a 10-under par 854. UNCG opened with back-to-back rounds of 284 Saturday before posting a 286 in the final round Sunday. The Spartans’ 854 score is a season-low and the lowest for UNCG since posting a 853 at the Wolfpack Spring Open last year. No. 32 North Carolina won the event on its home course with a 49-under par 815 (275-270-270) while No. 42 Jacksonville was second at 26-under par 838 (275-276-287). Ben Griffin of North Carolina won the individual title with a 19-under par 197 (67-63-67).
Senior Joseph Cansler (Clemmons, N.C./Surry CC) continued his strong week, finishing tied for 23rd overall at 3-under par 213. Cansler began his first tournament of the year Saturday with a 2-under par 70 in round one before posting a 3-under par 69 in round two. He followed that up with a 2-oer par 74 Sunday, recording four birdies, four bogeys, one double bogey and nine par scores. He finished seventh in the field with 38 total pars.
Senior Josh Stockwell (Aberdeen, N.C./Southern Pines) moved up to 49th place overall at 4-over par 220 with his best round of the weekend Sunday. Stockwell opened Saturday with a 75 and 75 before carding a 1-under par 71 in the final round. He tallied three birdies one double bogey and 14 par scores Sunday. He finished tied for first in the entire field with 40 par scores.
Freshman Nick Lyerly (Salisbury, N.C./East Rowan) and sophomore Jonathan Brightwell (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) each finished tied 53rd overall at 5-over par 221. Lyerly posted rounds of 72-77-72 on the weekend, recording 14 pars, two birdies and two bogeys in the final round Sunday. He finished tied for seventh overall with 38 total pars. Brightwell rounded out the lineup with rounds of 72-75-74, including three birdies Sunday.
The Spartans also played four individuals at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate this weekend. Sophomore Ben Buben (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) led the individuals in 55th place at 6-over par 222. Buben posted rounds of 74-76-72, including four birdies, two bogeys, a double bogey and 11 par scores Sunday.
Freshmen Justin Emmons (Climax, N.C./Providence Grove) and Regan Erhardt (Kernersville, N.C./Bishop McGuiness) both placed 61st overall at 8-over par 224. Emmons recorded rounds of 71-82-72 and placed ninth in the field with 39 par scores. Erhardt turned in rounds of 74-76-74 in his first career collegiate event. Sophomore Michael Wicker (Rougemount, N.C./North Durham) rounded out the team in 72nd place with a 15-over par 231 (75-81-76).
The field at the 2017 Tar Heel Intercollegiate includes the Spartans, North Carolina, Maryland, Gardner-Webb, UNCW, Campbell, Boston College, VCU, Virginia Tech, Coastal Carolina, Jacksonville and Furman.
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