Athens, Ga. – Fifteenth after the opening 18 holes with a first-round score of 315, the Western Carolina men’s golf team was able to climb into a tie for 14th over the second 18 holes, trimming eight strokes off its first round to finish the Southern Intercollegiate Championship (SIC) with a score of 622, tied with Central Arkansas.
Freshman Tumi Kúld posted rounds of 4-over 76 and 5-over par 77 to lead the Catamounts in a tie for 40th overall with a 36-hole score of 153. Over the first 18 holes, Kúld countered seven bogeys with three birdies to shoot 76 in a tie for 31st overall. In the second round, the Akureyri, Iceland, native matched his trio of birdies but six bogeys and one double-bogey left him at 77. Kúld led the Catamounts with six birdies.
Senior George Whitbread posted rounds of 78 and 77 for a 36-hole score of 155 to finish tied for 52nd, sliding nine spots in the second round. Whitbread led WCU with 23 pars over the 36-hole tournament. Freshman Louis Theys climbed 10 spots to finish tied for 60th, countering a first-round 81 with a 5-over par 77 in the second for a total of 158, carding three of his four total birdies on the second 18 holes.
Rounding out WCU’s scoring five were sophomore Zach Caudill, who jumped 15 spots in the second round with a 4-over par 76 against a first-round 82 to finish tied for 60th at 158, and classmate Michael Coe in 82nd overall at 163 (80-83).
With golfers going 1-2 on the individual leaderboard – and putting three among the top six overall – No. 17 South Carolina cruised to a 20-stroke victory over Southern Conference and fellow Palmetto State foe, Wofford, 562-to-582. Tournament-host No. 14 Georgia finished third at its home event at 585, with Gardner-Webb (592) finishing fourth ahead of a three-way tie for fifth at 593 between Kennesaw State, USC Upstate, and Western Kentucky.
South Carolina’s Will Miles edged his Gamecock teammate Scott Stevens for individual medalist honors as Miles fired an 8-under par 136 that included a 7-under 65 in round two to finish atop the heap. Stevens was in second-place, four strokes in arrears at 140 ahead of a four-way tie for third.
Western Carolina now turns its attention to the 2019 Southern Conference Men’s Golf Championship scheduled for April 21-23 at Pinehurst #9 in Pinehurst, N.C. The Catamounts finished seventh at last year’s championship with two golfers – Michael Coe and George Whitbread – returning to the event to lead the Catamounts.
T14 – Western Carolina – 315-307 = 622 (+46)
T40 – Tumi Kúld – 76-77 = 153 (+9)
T52 – George Whitbread – 78-77 = 155 (+11)
T60 – Louis Theys – 81-77 = 158 (+14)
T60 – Zach Caudill – 82-76 = 158 (+14)
82 – Michael Coe – 80-83 = 163 (+19)