Athens, Ga. - Led individually by sophomore Jackson Bishop, Western Carolina (610) rallied two spots in the final standings over the second round to place 10th as a team at the 36-hole Southern Intercollegiate, hosted by Georgia at the par-72, 6,917-yard Athens Country Club on Monday. Bishop paced the Catamount scoring five in a tie for 28th overall, carding a 4-over par score of 148.
Bishop was among the individual top 20 after the opening 18 holes after carding an even-par, 72, in the opening round. The Gainesville, Ga., product countered three bogies with a trio of birdies in the first round. In the second round, Bishop was even through six holes with a bogey and a birdie. Prior to making the turn to the back nine, a double-bogey and a bogey left him 3-over with nine to play.
Bishop came home with eight pars and one bogey on the par-3 17th to finish the day 4-over par, 148, in a tie for 28th.
Freshmen Lawson King and Mark David Johnson both finished tied for 43rd, carding two-round scores of 9-over par, 153. King posted rounds of 5-over par, 77, and 4-over par, 76, on Monday while Johnson rallied 13 spots in the final standings, countering his opening-round 80 with a 1-over par, 73, in the second. Both King and Johnson charted five birdies apiece and both finished even-par on par-3 scoring in the two-round event
Rounding out WCU's scoring five were senior Tyler Lail and junior Evan Smith, both tied for 59th overall with two-round scores of 158. Lail recorded a team-best six birdies over the two rounds, while Smith finished with five overall.
With four of its scoring five inside the individual top 10, second-ranked Georgia edged No. 27 Arkansas by three strokes for the team championship, 556-to-559. Liberty finished third at 579 with Southern Conference foe, Furman, placing fourth at 584. Rounding out the top five was a three-way tie between Kennesaw State, No. 36 Augusta, and USC Upstate at 590.
Nicholas Echavarria from Arkansas rallied seven spots in the second round to finish tied atop the individual leaderboard with Georgia's Greyson Sigg with matching scores of 7-under par, 137, to share medalist honors.
Western Carolina returns to action this weekend as it travels to Wilmington, N.C., to compete in the Seahawk Invitational. The 54-hole tournament will be held over two days at the Country Club of Landfall with 36 holes of play on March 20 and the final 18 holes on March 21.