Wilmington, N.C. - Western Carolina senior Tyler Lail and freshman Lawson King sit among the individual top 20, both tied for 18th overall as weather affected Sunday's first round of the Seahawk Intercollegiate, hosted by UNC Wilmington at the Country Club of Landfall. WCU carded a team-round of 296 to sit among a three-way tie for seventh, even with both James Madison and Rutgers.
Originally slated for 36 of the scheduled 54 holes on Sunday, rain overnight and during the morning hours delayed the start of competition, prompting officials to reduce Sunday to one round and subsequently shortening the tournament to 36 holes. The second round is scheduled for Monday.
Lail and King fired even-par rounds of 72 on Sunday and sit among a seven-way tie for 18th, just four strokes off the pace set by the leaders. Lail leads the field in par-3 scoring at 2-under (2.50) through the first round. The senior from Conover, N.C., also carded a team-leading four birdies. King was just behind with three birdies, adding 12 pars on the opening 18.
Junior Evan Smith and freshman Mark David Johnson both shot 4-over par, 76, to sit tied for 49th overall with sophomore Jackson Bishop rounding out WCU's scoring five in a tie for 73rd at 81. Johnson charted a team-best 13 pars on Sunday.
Duke and Army West Point both put three inside the individual top 10 on Sunday to sit first and second, respectively, in the team standings after 18 holes. The Blue Devils hold a slim, one-stroke edge over the Black Knights, 280-to-281, both with golfers tied atop the individual leader board. Duke's Matt Oshrine and Marcus Plunkett of Army West Point both carded first rounds of 4-under par, 68, to share the top spot.
Tournament-host, UNC Wilmington, sits in third place, six-strokes off the pace at 286, with Campbell (287) and Richmond (294) rounding out the top five teams.
The final round of play is scheduled for Monday morning with set tee times off both the front and back nine beginning at 8:00 am. Paired with golfers from both Rutgers and James Madison, the Catamount scoring five will tee off on the back nine beginning at 8:45 am through 9:21 am.