Hilton Head Island, S.C. - Western Carolina men's golf wrapped up its first competition of the spring semester on Tuesday afternoon, finishing 17th at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate, hosted by Francis Marion University at the par-72, 6,913-yard Wexford Plantation course. The Catamounts (309-306-315) carded a three-round score of 930 collectively as a team.
Freshman Bradley Durand -- WCU's leader after the first day of competition -- paced the Catamount scoring five with a three-round total of 228 (78-71-79), placing in a tie for 46th overall. Opening Tuesday's round on the par-4 16th, Durand played his first nine holes at 3-over par, countering a double-bogey and a bogey with a birdie on the par-3 sixth. The Oak Ridge, Tenn., native finished his round with a trio of bogies and a double-bogey on the par-3 13th, recording his seventh birdie of the tournament on the par-4 10th.
Jackson Bishop, a sophomore from Gainesville, Ga., closed with a final-round, 6-over par, 78, for a final total of 229 (75-76-78), a stroke behind Durand in a tie for 51st. He countered five holes of bogey-or-worse with a trio of birdies. Bishop, who led WCU with eight birdies in the event, played the back nine at even-par on Tuesday.
WCU senior Tyler Lail (77-82-78) and freshman Lawson King (79-78-80) placed in a tie for 80th overall with identical scores of 237, while junior Evan Smith (80-81-85) came home with a score of 246, tied for 86th. Both Lail and Smith were among nine different competitors to card eagles in tournament play. Lail eagled the par-5 11th on Tuesday while Smith charted a hole-in-one on the par-3 17th -- his final hole of competition.
Campbell claimed the event team championship by six strokes over No. 44 Louisville, finishing with a final round of 279 and a two-day total of 847. The Cardinals advanced one spot in the final standings to place as the team runner-up at 862. USC Aiken finished third overall, three strokes behind Louisville at 865 with UNC Wilmington (869) and Belmont (885) -- which rallied four positions on Tuesday -- rounding out the top five.
Wofford's Andrew Novak matched the tournament's lowest single-round on Tuesday, shooting 6-under par, 66, to conclude tournament play at 13-under, 203. He claimed medalist honors by two strokes over Johnson Holliday of USC Aiken at 205. All told, the top 10 finishers included three sets of teammates with three apiece from both Campbell and Louisville, and two from UNCW.
Western Carolina returns to action Feb. 29 through March 1 at The Legacy Intercollegiate by Frontier Secure, hosted by Stetson at the Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes in Longwood, Fla. The 54-hole tournament features two rounds of competition on Feb. 29 with the third and final round to be played Monday, March 1. Live scoring of the tournament will be available through GolfStatResults.com.