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Kiawah Island, S.C. – Western Carolina freshman Tumi Kúld jumped 34 spots in the individual standings on Monday, carding a team-best 1-under par round of 71 to sit in an eight-way tie for 22nd after 36 holes at the East Bay Deli Classic at Kiawah. The Catamounts were eight strokes better as a team in Monday’s second round, climbing one spot into 11th overall at the par-72, 6,911-yard Turtle Point Golf Course, just three strokes behind a three-way tie for eighth in the team standings.

WCU will go head-to-head with two of the three teams just ahead of it in the standings in Radford and Florida Atlantic, with a third that sits just two strokes in arrears in Presbyterian in the final round pairings. Playing in foursomes, the Catamount scoring five will hit the course beginning at 9:00 am between the seventh and ninth holes in Tuesday’s shotgun start. Live scoring is available online at GolfStat.com.

Kúld carded three birdies with a pair of bogeys on Monday in shooting 1-under par, 71. The Akureyri, Iceland, native made the turn to the back nine at even-par, responding to a bogey on the par-5 second with a birdie on the par-4 fifth for a second-consecutive round. He moved to 2-under par four holes into the back nine with two more birdies before a bogey on the par-4 15th left him at 71.

After leading the Catamounts in the opening round, senior George Whitbread slid into a tie for 30th with a second-round score of 75 for a two-day total of 149. Freshman Louis Theys advanced 17 spots in the individual standings by dropping four strokes off his first-round score of 77 with a 1-over par 73 on Monday for a 36-hole score of 150. Rounding out WCU’s scoring five are second-year strikers Chandler Metz in a tie for 47th at 151 while sophomore Zach Caudill slid to 109th (166) overall.

Playing unattached as an individual, sophomore Michael Coe sits in a tie for 47th after shooting 76 on Monday for a two-day total of 151. Coe played the back nine at 1-over par with a pair of birdies countering a triple-bogey, finishing the round with seven pars, a double-bogey and a bogey.

Three Catamounts rank tied for fourth with 26 total pars over the opening 36 holes including Whitbread, Metz, and Coe.

First-round leader College of Charleston saw both its lead and closest pursuer change on Tuesday as USC Upstate leapt over Memphis into the runner-up spot while also trimming the 44th-ranked Cougars’ lead down to a stroke, 577-to-578. Memphis slipped to third, four strokes off the pace at 581, with Troy (583) and Augusta (585) rounding out the top five.

First-round individual leader Isaiah Jackson of Memphis continues to sit atop the individual leader board, though he has company. Charleston’s Logan Sowell followed-up his opening-round score of 69 with a second-day 70 to jump four positions and match Jackson at 5-under par, 139.

The event concludes on Tuesday morning with a shotgun start at 9:00 am.

 

12 – Western Carolina – 303-295 (+22)

T22 – Tumi Kúld – 77-71 = 148 (+4)

T30 – George Whitbread – 74-75 = 149 (+5)

T39 – Louis Theys – 77-73 = 150 (+6)

T47 – Chandler Metz – 75-76 = 151 (+7)

109 – Zach Caudill – 79-87 = 166 (+22)

T47 – Michael Coe (individual) – 75-76 = 151 (+7)

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