GREENSBORO, N.C. – While the UNCG men’s golf regular season was on winter break, the Spartans turned in strong showings at a pair of amateur golf tournaments surrounding the holidays.
The Spartans placed six in the top 30 of the 2013 CCNC Amateur at the Dogwood Course in Pinehurst, including a second-place showing from freshman Carter Jenkins (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road). Jenkins posted an 8-over 224 in the 54-hole event that played at 7,068 yards and was tied with Auburn’s Will Long for runner-up position. He opened with a 4-over par 76 before shooting a 1-over par 73 in round two and finishing with a 3-over par 75 in the final round. Michael Cromie of Georgia won the event with a 3-over par 219 (74-74-71).
Redshirt freshman Will Thomas (Raleigh, N.C./Green Hope) was the Spartans’ second finisher, posting a 12th place showing with a 14-over par 230. Thomas began the event with a 3-over par 75 before closing with a 76 and 79 in rounds two and three, respectively.
Junior Roy Dixon (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) finished 27th overall with a 234 and opened the event with back-to-back 3-over par 75s. Sophomore Taylor Coalson (Dobson, N.C./North Surry), junior Alex Ehlert (Raleigh, N.C./Athens Drive) and freshman Jake McGlone (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Latin) all finished tied for 30th overall with scores of 235.
Right before the New Year, McGlone and sophomore Luke Haithcock (Burlington, N.C./Williams) took part in the sixth-annual Carolinas Young Amateur at the Pinewood Golf Couse in Pinehurst. McGlone placed fifth overall in the 36-hole event, posting a 2-under par 142. He opened with a 1-over par 73 in round one before carding a 3-under par 69 in round two. His second round score of 69 was the fourth lowest round of the entire event.
Haithcock finished in 39th place overall with a 154 as he posted rounds of 81 and 73. Miller Capps of Clemson won the event with a 6-under par 138 (68-70).
The Spartans return to play collegiately Feb. 23-25 when they travel to the Puerto Rico Collegiate in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
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