GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior Jake McGlone (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte, Latin) and sophomore Bryce Hendrix (Greenville, N.C./D.H. Conley) finished tied for 10th overall to lead the UNCG men’s golf team to a sixth place showing at the 12th annual Bridgestone Golf Collegiate held at the Grandover Resort. This year’s event was played on the 6,800-yard West Course and featured nine teams ranked in the top 100 and four teams in the top 40 by Golf Stat.
The Spartans posted a 17-under par score of 847 over the two-day, 54-hole event. The 847 is the lowest 54-hole score for UNCG this season and the lowest since carding a 838 at the USF Invitational in March of 2014. The Spartans posted scores of 283-279-285 on the week, topping No. 32 Purdue by two strokes.
No. 20 Duke won the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate by carding a 30-under par 834 score with rounds of 283-267-284. The Blue Devils topped second place Iowa State by four strokes as the Cyclones finished 26-under par 838 (287-272-279). No. 38 Northwestern and No. 34 Liberty tied for third overall at 25-under par 839. Nick Budd of Georgia State won the individual title with a 12-under par 204 score, posting rounds of 67-69-68 to top Ruben Sondjaja of Iowa State by one stroke.
McGlone and Hendrix finished tied for 10th overall at 6-under par 210 as they both were tied for third overall with 16 total birdies on the week. McGlone opened with a 3-under par 69 in round one before posting a 4-under par 68 in round two. He closed out his week with a 1-over par 73 in round three as he tallied three birdies, four bogeys and 11 par scores. His 54-hole score of 210 is the lowest of his career, surpassing a 211 score set in the 2015 Southern Conference Championships.
Hendrix also carded the lowest 54-hole event of his career with a 210 score. He opened the event with a 1-under par 71 before turning in a 5-under par 67 in round two. He closed out the week with an even-par 72 Monday as she tallied three birdies, three bogeys and 12 par scores.
Junior Josh Stockwell (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) had the Spartans’ lowest round of the day Monday as he finished with a 3-under par 69 to move him into 19th place overall. Stockwell finished with week with a 4-under par 212 score with rounds of 71-72-69. In his final round, he tallied three birdies, two bogeys, 11 pars and an eagle-2 on the par-4 hole No. 8 to highlight his round.
Freshman Jonathan Brightwell (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) finished tied for 35th overall with an even-par 216 score. Brightwell was consistent all week, posting three straight rounds of even-par 72. He finished third in the field with 38 total par scores, closing the week with 12 pars and four birdies Tuesday.
Junior Joseph Cansler (Clemmons, N.C./Surry CC) closed out the lineup in 52nd place overall with a 4-over par 220 score. Cansler began the week with back-to-back rounds of 2-over par 74 scores before turning in his best round with an even-par 72 Tuesday. He finished round three with 10 par scores, four birdies and four bogeys.
The Spartans played a season-high four individuals in their lone home event of the year. Freshman Michael Wicker (Rougemount, N.C./North Durham) led all golfers with 40 par scores in 54-holes on the week to finish in a tie for 78th place overall at 15-over par 231 (77-79-75).
Sophomore Mark Johnston (Lewisville, N.C./West Forsyth) finished tied for 66th overall with a 11-over par 227 as he was steady with rounds of 76-75-76. Freshman Ben Buben (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day School) made his first collegiate appearance and finished in 66th place with a 11-over par 227 as well, posting rounds of 80-72-75. Senior Riley Davis (Kinston, N.C./UNC Pembroke) rounded out the team with a 12-over par 228 as he tallied rounds of 79-78 Sunday before posting a career-best 1-under par 71 in round three.
The challenging field included UNCG, No. 20 Duke, No. 32 Purdue, No. 34 Liberty, No. 38 Northwestern, No. 55 Virginia Tech, No. 62 NC State, No. 65 Iowa Sate, No. 91 Georgia State, No. 94 Utah, Kansas State, VCU and Davidson.
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