Cashiers, N.C. – Sophomore Michael Coe carded a two-round score of 2-over par 144 to lead the Western Carolina scoring five as the Catamounts host the 2018 Hummingbird Intercollegiate at the beautiful par-71, 6,767-yard Country Club of Sapphire Valley. WCU sits in 12th place after 36 holes, just five strokes outside the top 10 with 18 holes to play.
Tournament play concludes with the final 18 holes on Tuesday. Action gets underway with tee times off the first and 10th holes at 8:30 am and 8:35 am, respectively. Paired with golfers from Tennessee Tech and Gardner-Webb, WCU hits the course on the back nine beginning at 8:35 am. Live scoring is available online at GolfStat.com.
Coe sits in a tie for 43rd overall, carding six birdies on Monday including four in the second round as he jumped six spots in the standings. Freshman teammate Tumi Kúld is a stroke back in a tie for 50th, carding a career-low round of 1-under par 70 before shooting 75 over the second 18 holes. The Akureyri, Iceland, native carded a team-best nine birdies over the opening 36 holes of competition. Kúld is tied with senior teammate George Whitbread who bounced back from a first-round 5-over par 76 to fire a career-low round of 2-under par 69 to advance 19 spots on the day.
Rounding out WCU’s scoring five, sophomore Zach Caudill sits in a tie for 54th overall. Much like Whitbread, the Wilkesboro, N.C., product charted a career-low round of 69 in the second 18 holes for a two-round score of 146. Freshman Louis Theys posted rounds of 72 and 77 for a two-round score of 149 in his collegiate debut, sitting tied for 64th overall at 149.
Playing unattached as an individual, WCU sophomore Chandler Metz sits in a tie for 83rd overall at 162 (82-80).
Using a tournament single-round low score of 272 in the second round, Georgia Southern charged to the top of the leaderboard at the close of round two, advancing two spots to lead Wofford by nine strokes, 550-to-559, after the Terriers climbed three spots in round two. Conference-foe, Chattanooga (562) sits in third place just ahead of the two-way tie for fourth between Morehead State and Florida Atlantic at 4-under par, 564.
Chattanooga’s Etienne Brault and Erik Lindwall from Eastern Kentucky sit tied atop the individual leaderboard with matching scores of 7-under par 135. Brault followed an opening-round 66 with a 2-under par 69 to reach 135 while Lindwall carded rounds of 68 and 67.
All told, 35 individual golfers sit at even-par or better after 36 of the scheduled 54 holes as the 84-golfer field was greeted by near-perfect playing conditions and a course that matched at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley.
A complete recap and full results will be made available at the conclusion of play on Tuesday.