Longwood, Fla - Sophomore Jackson Bishop carded his second-consecutive round of 1-over par, 73, on Tuesday to conclude tournament play with a three-day score of 8-over par, 224, leading Western Carolina to an eighth-place finish at The Legacy Intercollegiate at the par-72, 7,160-yard Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes.
Bishop finished tied for 19th overall to lead the Catamounts, posting the second-best individual tally of his young career. WCU, which was second in the tournament field with 38 total birdies, turned in a team score of 902 (305-300-297), the squad's best 54-hole score this season.
Opening on the back nine, Bishop carded six pars and three bogies to make the turn to his final nine holes at 3-over par. The Gainesville, Ga., native finished strong, countering a fourth bogie with three birdies to shoot 2-under on the front nine and 1-over par, 73, on the day.
Freshman Lawson King -- also from Gainesville, Ga. -- finished tied for 25th overall for WCU, his career-best finish. Much like Bishop, King made the turn to the front nine at 3-over par. With a double-bogey on the par-3 sixth and birdies on the fourth and ninth holes, King played his final nine holes at even-par for the three-day total of 227 (73-79-75).
A second Catamount freshman -- Oak Ridge, Tenn., native, Bradley Durand -- came home in a tie for 32nd with his 54-hole, career-low score of 228 (83-75-70). Durand carded a career-best round of 2-under par, 70, on Tuesday, tallying seven of his team-high 11 tournament birdies on the final day. He closed the round with a 3-under par front nine, his best nine-hole stretch of the tournament.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five were junior Evan Smith (76-74-82 = 232) in a tie for 41st and senior Tyler Lail (78-78-79 = 235) in a tie for 50th overall. Smith, who led the Purple & Gold after Monday's opening two rounds, charted six birdies while Lail had eight birdies in the event.
Opening day leader, Wofford, claimed the team championship going away, besting second-place Presbyterian by 28 strokes, 859-to-887. Two Terriers -- Andrew Novak and Jeremy Grab -- shared individual medalist honors with identical scores of 7-under par, 209. Keiser University finished two strokes behind PC at 889 with Navy placing fourth at 894. Florida Gulf Coast and tournament-host, Stetson, both finished tied for fifth with matching scores of 898.
Western Carolina returns to action in two weeks at the one-day, 36-hole Southern Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of Georgia at the Athens Country Club in Athens, Ga.