WCU Men's Golf Finishes 19th at Desert Intercollegiate

Palm Desert, Calif. – For a third-consecutive day, the Western Carolina men’s golf team improved upon its team score, climbing one position in the final standings to finish 19th at the spring season opening Desert Intercollegiate. WCU posted its tournament-best round of 303 on Sunday, finishing the 54-hole event with a score of 936.

Freshman Louis Theys recorded the second-best 54-hole score of his young collegiate career, closing the spring-opening tournament with a final round 2-over par 74 to finish tied for 52nd overall with a three-day tally of 225. The Villers-Perwin, Belgium product made the turn to the back nine on Sunday at even-par, countering a double-bogey and a bogey with three birdies. Even-par with five holes to play, Theys posted a pair of bogeys on the fifth and sixth holes on the front nine to finish at 2-over par.

Sophomore Zach Caudill (232) climbed six positions on Sunday after posting his tournament-low round of 3-over par 75, posting a trio of birdies including his final hole of the tournament. Senior George Whitbread finished tied for 107th overall with a score of 241 while freshman Tumi Kúld jumped three spots in the final rankings into a tie for 111th with a 54-hole score of 243. Sophomore Michael Coe rounded out the Catamount scoring five in a tie for 114th overall at 246.

Playing unattached as an individual, sophomore Chandler Metz came home in a tie for 117th overall with a three-day score of 251.

No. 18 Texas Tech claimed the overall team championship over runner-up Boise State by one stroke, 858-to-859. No. 39 Kansas jumped one spot into third, eight strokes off the pace at 866 with TCU finishing fourth a stroke in arrears at 867. No. 47 Colorado State finished tied with UT Arlington, which climbed two spots in the final pecking order with a 54-hole score of 877.

Boise State’s Skyler Eubank claimed individual medalist honors by two strokes over a two-way tie between Harry Hillier of Kansas and Adam Blomme of Texas Tech. Eubank posted a three-day score of 9-under par 207 while Hillier and Blomme carded matching scores of 7-under par, 209.

Western Carolina returns to action out west for a pair of tournaments over the university’s spring break, traveling to Boulder City, Nevada for the Jackrabbit Invitational March 8-9 and to Phoenix, Ariz., for the Grand Canyon Invitational March 15-16.


19th – Western Carolina – 325-308-303 = 936

T52nd – Louis Theys – 76-75-74 = 225

T86th – Zach Caudill – 81-76-75 = 232

T107th – George Whitbread – 86-75-80 = 241

T111th – Tumi Kúld – 82-82-79 = 243

114th – Michael Coe – 86-85-75 = 246

T117th – Chandler Metz (I) – 80-85-86 = 251