Cashiers, N.C. – Western Carolina freshman Louis Theys carded a career-low round of 2-under par 69 on Tuesday as the Catamounts finished 12th overall at their home event, the Hummingbird Intercollegiate which was contested at the par-71, 6,767-yard Country Club of Sapphire Valley.
Georgia Southern blistered the pristine course at CCSV to the tune of a team score of 30-under par 822 to claim the team championship with the trophy awarded for the 13th time in event history.
All told, a combined 10 teams either matched or broke the tournament’s 54-hole scoring team record of 856 that was established in
Theys advanced 13 spots on the individual leaderboard over the final 18 holes to place in a tie for 51st overall in his collegiate debut. Opening on the back nine, Theys made the turn at three-under with six pars and a trio of birdies through the morning. A fourth birdie on the par-4 first hole left him 4-under par with eight holes remaining. The Belgian-born golfer carded six pars and two bogies down the stretch to finish at 69 on the day and 218 for the event.
WCU senior George Whitbread, who like Theys shot a 2-under round at the home tournament, led the Catamount scoring five. The Colchester, England, native finished tied for 42nd overall – up eight positions on the final day with a three-round score of 215, his best three-round score since arriving in Cullowhee prior to last season. Whitbread led the team in par-3 scoring, third in the field at 2-under (2.83) and carded a team-best 12 birdies.
Catamount opening-day leader, sophomore Michael Coe, slipped two spots into a tie for 45th in the final standings, likewise turning in the best 54-hole score of his career at 216 (73-71-72). Coe had a relatively quiet final round on Tuesday, carding 15 pars, two bogeys, and a birdie. Coe led WCU with 37 pars in the tournament, one more than Theys at 36.
Rounding out WCU’s scoring five were sophomore Zach Caudill in a tie for 58th overall at 220 and freshman Tumi Kúld in 67th at 223. Caudill tallied the lone eagle of the tournament for the Catamounts coming in the second round on the par-5 14th while Kúld finished second with 10 birdies over the 54-hole event.
Playing unattached as an individual, WCU sophomore Chandler Metz finished 83rd overall with a three-day score of 242.
Led by the event’s individual medalist Steven Fisk, Georgia Southern cruised to the team championship by 13 strokes over hard-charging runner-up, Morehead State. The GSU Eagles obliterated the previous tournament 54-hole record score of 856 set by Gardner-Webb back in 2017, posting a team score of 30-under par, 822. Two of GSU’s rounds matched the previous single-round record of 272 – but Morehead State, which jumped a couple of spots in the final standings on Tuesday, broke the top team single round score with a final round 271, breaking the mark of 272 originally set by Appalachian State back in 2011 (Round 2).
In a tournament that gleans its moniker from a bird, it seems only fitting that it would have an avian team podium. Behind the pair of Eagles – Georgia Southern and Morehead State – the Florida Atlantic Owls claimed third-place with a three-round score of 843. Southern Conference foes Wofford (845) and Chattanooga (846) rounded out the top five finishers at the 2018 installment of the Hummingbird Intercollegiate.
On his way to the tournament medalist honors, Fisk charted the second-lowest, 54-hole score in tournament history at 203, just a stroke off of Clemson's Colby Patton who shot 202 in 2017.
The WCU men’s golf team returns to action Oct. 14-16 at the Quail Valley Collegiate, hosted by McNeese State at the Quail Valley Country Club in Vero Beach, Fla., in the squad’s penultimate event of its fall calendar. The four-event fall concludes Nov. 2-6 at the Kiawah Classic at the Turtle Point Golf Course.
12 – Western Carolina – 291-284-285 = 860 (+8)
T42 – George Whitbread – 76-69-70 = 215 (+2)
T45 – Michael Coe – 73-71-72 = 216 (+3)
T51 – Louis Theys – 72-77-69 = 218 (+5)
T58 – Zach Caudill – 77-69-74 = 220 (+7)
T67 – Tumi Kúld – 70-75-78 = 223 (+10)
83 – Chandler Metz (ind.) – 82-80-80 = 242 (+2)
- Mason Williams of Georgia Southern TIED the tournament single-round record-low of 65 in Tuesday's third round ... He is the fourth men's golfer to hit 65 in tournament action in the history of the Hummingbird Intercollegiate;
- A combined 10 teams matched or broke the 54-hole scoring record of 856 established originally by Gardner-Webb last year in 2017 ... 2018 marked just the third time in the event's history that it played out at 54 holes (2013, 2017, 2018).