Wilmington, N.C. - Senior Tyler Lail finished amidst a tie for 21st overall, leading Western Carolina men's golf to a ninth-place finish at the sixth annual Seahawk Intercollegiate concluded Monday at the Country Club of the Landfall. WCU posted rounds of 296 and 303 for a two-round score of 599.
Lail followed his opening-round, even-par 72 with a 2-over par, 74, on Monday to shoot 146 over the two-day event. The Conover, N.C., native finished with a team-best 10 birdies. Freshman Lawson King came home in a tie for 33rd overall, shooting 4-over par, 76, after an even-par, 72, on Sunday for a total of 148 in his first 36-hole collegiate competition. King finished 1-under par (2.88) in par-3 scoring, posting nine birdies.
Junior Evan Smith finished with a two-day total of 158 (76-78) in a tie for 53rd overall, while freshman Mark David Johnson was tied for 59th, a stroke in arrears at 155 (76-79). Johnson led the Catamounts -- and ranked fifth in the tournament -- with 26 pars over the 36-hole tournament, while Smith carded 24 pars.
Sophomore Jackson Bishop rounded out WCU's scoring five in a tie for 62nd overall (156), trimming six strokes off his opening-round, 81, to shoot 3-over par, 75, on Monday.
First-round team leader, Duke, claimed the tournament championship by seven-strokes over event host, UNC Wilmington, 562-to-569. Duke put three golfers inside the individual top 10 in securing the team title. Army West Point finished the weather-shortened event at even-par, 576, to finish third followed by Campbell (580) and James Madison (589) rounding out the top five.
Matt Oshrine of Duke claimed individual medalist honors, following-up his opening round 4-under par, 68, with a 3-under par, 69, on Monday to finish at 137 (-7). Oshrine finished two-strokes ahead of runner-up Marcus Plunkett of Army West Point.
Western Carolina returns to action this weekend as it travels to Greenville, S.C., for the Furman Intercollegiate at the Furman University Golf Course. The 54-hole event will be spread over three days with 18 holes scheduled for March 25-27. WCU is coming off a seventh-place finish at the same event a season ago.