Athens, Ga. – Western Carolina’s men’s golf team will compete in its final tune-up for the 2019 Southern Conference Men’s Golf Championship on Monday, playing in the Southern Intercollegiate Championships (SIC) hosted by the University of Georgia at the par-72, 6,917-yard Athens Country Club.

The 36-hole tournament consists of shotgun starts at 8:30 am and approximately 2 pm. All five scoring players will compete together. WCU’s scoring five will tee-off on Hole No. 17 at 8:30 am.

In addition to the Catamounts and two teams – “A” and “B” from the host Bulldogs – Monday’s field also includes one other Southern Conference opponent in Wofford. Joining those three are Central Arkansas, Francis Marion, Gardner-Webb, Kennesaw State, Nicholls State, North Alabama, North Georgia, Savannah State, South Carolina, UNC Wilmington, USC Upstate, Western Kentucky and Youngstown State.

Eighth after the opening 18 holes, the Western Carolina men's golf team slipped four spots over the second round, finishing the 2018 Southern Intercollegiate tied with USC Upstate for 12th-place overall. Only two of WCU’s returning golfers – senior George Whitbread (t-63rd, 75-82=157) and sophomore Michael Coe (t-45th, 75-79=152) – competed in last year’s event. Those two are joined by freshmen Louis Theys and Tumi Kúld and sophomore Zach Caudill this spring.

The SICs were the brainchild of Georgia athletic director Herman Stegeman and Athens Country Club founder Lon Dudley in 1934. The first tournament was held in 1935 and ran annually through 1942. It resumed in 1946 and was held through 1965, then was re-launched in 1975 and ran through 1990. Past individual medalists include Wake Forest's Arnold Palmer in 1950, Oklahoma State's Bob Tway in 1979 and Centenary's Hal Sutton in 1980.

Live scoring of the two-round tournament is available online at