Longwood, Fla. - Western Carolina men's golf carded rounds of 305 and 300 on Monday and sat in a tie for 10th after the opening round at The Legacy Intercollegiate by Frontier Secure, hosted by Stetson University at the par-72, 7,160-yard Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes.
The Catamounts unofficially advanced two positions into eighth after concluding the second round, though play was suspended due to darkness with seven golfers still on the course. On Tuesday, those seven will resume their second round at 7:30 am with the final round with tee times starting at 8:00 am.
Junior Evan Smith paced WCU through the first two rounds with a score of 6-over par, 150. The Bluefield, W.Va., native carded 15 pars in the opening round, shooting 4-over, 76. In the second round, Smith countered seven bogies with five birdies to shoot 2-over, 74, playing the front nine at 1-under par.
Sophomore Jackson Bishop is a stroke in arrears of his teammate, shooting 7-over par, 151, to sit in a tie for 30th. Bishop had five birdies over his first 36 holes, recording rounds of 78 and 73. Freshman Lawson King, who like Bishop is from Gainesville, Ga., is tied for 32nd overall at 8-over par, 152. The first-year striker rallied from 3-over par after nine holes with a pair of birdies on the back to shoot 1-over par, 73, in the first round before coming to the clubhouse with a second round score of 79.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five are senior Tyler Lail in a tie for 51st at 156 and freshman Bradley Durand in a tie for 56th at 158. Lail carded a team-high seven birdies, which ranked tied for fifth among the tournament field. Lail turned in consecutive rounds of 6-over par, 78, while Durand knocked eight strokes off his first-round score of 83 with a second-round, 3-over par, 75.
Fellow Southern Conference member, Wofford, holds the tentative tournament lead after 36 holes, eight strokes over second-place, Keiser University. The two shared the first-round lead after matching opening round scores of even-par, 288. Keiser still has two golfers on the course yet to finish their second 18 holes.
Presbyterian jumped three spots after the first round to sit in third at 586, with Navy (589) and Florida Gulf Coast (592) rounding out the top five. In addition to Keiser, tournament-host Stetson, Morehead State, and Savannah State comprise the remainder of the second round competitors yet to finish.
Wofford's Jeremy Grab and Andrew Novak sit 1-and-2 in the individual standings. Grab (138) posted consecutive rounds of 3-under, 69, while Novak (140) shot back-to-back rounds of 70 to pace the team leader.
Paired with golfers from Morehead State, Florida Atlantic and three individuals, WCU's scoring five will again tee-off on the back nine beginning at 8:50 am. Live scoring is available online through GolfStatResults.com.