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Kiawah Island, S.C. – Western Carolina freshman Tumi Kúld fired an opening-round, 1-over par 73 on Sunday in his collegiate debut to lead the Catamount scoring five, sitting in a tie for eighth-place after the first round of the season. The Catamounts, though, are mired in 14th with two rounds to play at the par-72, 7,324-yard Ocean Course.

Carding two birdies on the day including on his first collegiate hole on the par-4 10th Sunday, Kúld had just one real blemish on another-wise strong opening round. One-under par five holes into the day, the Akureyri, Iceland native stumbled with a triple-bogey on the par-4 15th to move to 2-over par at the turn.

Kúld posted his second birdie on the par-5 No. 2 on the front nine, finishing at 73 amidst an eight-way tie for eighth. His 15 pars over the opening 18 holes rank third in the tournament field.

Sophomore Zach Caudill (pictured above) sits in a tie for 66th overall for the Catamounts after an opening round score of 81, posting a team-best three birdies on Sunday. The Wilkesboro, N.C., native also ranks among the tournament leaders in par-3 scoring at 1-under (2.75). WCU senior George Whitbread is three strokes back of Caudill in a tie for 75th with a first-round score of 84. Completing WCU’s scoring five are sophomores Chandler Metz in 78th (87) and Michael Coe in 81st (92).

SMU (289) leads the 14-team field, holding a three-stroke lead over runner-up and tournament-host, College of Charleston (292). Maryland sits in third place, five strokes off the pace at 294 ahead of a three-way tie for fourth at 295 between James Madison, Akron, and Georgia Southern.

Ollie Osborne of SMU and Peter Knade of Maryland sit tied atop the individual leaderboard after the first round with matching scores of 2-under par, 70.

Paired with golfers from Francis Marion and five individuals, WCU’s scoring five is slated to tee off on the back nine beginning at 8:50 am on Monday. Live scoring is available online through GolfStat.com.

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