PENSACOLA, Fla. – Led by junior Will Almand's second-place finish, UNCG golfers past and present claimed four of the top five spots at the Hardees Collegiate Holiday Classic, a three-day event at the Perdido Bay Golf Club that concluded Thursday.
Almand shot a 213 over the course of the tournament, firing rounds of 71, 72 and 70 to finish three shots back of West Florida's Robbie Van Riper (69-71-70—210). Almand was followed by recent UNCG graduate Ryan Heisey in third, as the 2010 Southern Conference Championship runner-up and reigning North Carolina Amateur champion finished third with a 217 (74-71-72). Sophomore Justin Clement took fourth with a 218 (73-77-68), and his third-round 68 was the second-best round of the tournament. 2010 UNCG graduate Will Bowman, who had a share of the lead after a first-round 69, finished fifth with a score of 219 (69-78-72).
Redshirt junior Kyle Sonday finished just outside the top 10 in 11th place, turning in a 227 (77-70-80). Freshman Alex Simmons rounded out the UNCG contingent with a 236 (77-77-82) to finish in 22nd place.
The Spartans open the spring portion of their schedule at the Puerto Rico Classic on Feb. 20-22.
Top 10 individuals: 1. Robbie Van Riper (West Florida) 69-71-70—210, 2. Will Almand (UNCG) 71-72-70—213, 3. Ryan Heisey (UNCG) 74-71-72—217, 4. Justin Clement (UNCG) 73-77-68—218, 5. Will Bowman (UNCG) 69-78-72—219, t6. Jade Scott (Texas A&M) 80-74-67—221, t6. Stetson McMillan (Stephen F. Austin) 77-74-70—221, t6. Andrew Cho (Middle Tennessee) 78-71-72—221, 9. Ryan Dorner (Illinois Wesleyan) 75-74-73—222, 10. John Whiting (Wayne State) 75-71-77—223.
Other UNCG finishers: 11. Kyle Sonday (UNCG) 77-70-80—227, 22. Alex Simmons (UNCG) 77-77-82—236.
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