Greenville, S.C. - Western Carolina freshman Bradley Durand carded a career-low round of 2-under par, 70, on Friday to lead the Catamounts amongst a 10-way tie for eighth place in the individual standings after the first day of play at the 47th annual Furman Intercollegiate. WCU (299) sits 18th overall after the first round at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Club.
Again paired with golfers from Dartmouth and five individual players, WCU's scoring five will be among the final pairings on the course Saturday. The Catamounts will open on the front nine between 12:50 pm and 1:30 pm. Live scoring of the tournament is available online at GolfStatResults.com.
Opening on the back nine, Durand countered a bogey on his first hole with back-to-back birdies on the par-5 11th and par-4 12th to move to 1-under par. A second bogey on the par-4 18th left the freshman making the turn at even-par. The Oak Ridge, Tenn., native started the front nine much like the back, scoring bogey on the first hole after the turn, but again followed it with consecutive birdies on holes No. 2 and 3 to move back to 1-under par.
Durand came to the clubhouse with five-straight pars capped by a fifth birdie on the par-4 ninth to leave him at 2-under, 70, for the day. His five birdies on Friday rank among the tournament leaders.
Sophomore Jackson Bishop shot 3-over par, 75, to sit in a tie for 57th overall. Bishop posted nine-consecutive pars on the back nine, making the turn at even-par. Three bogies and a birdie among his first four holes on the front nine left him 2-over par with five holes to play. A second bogey on the par-3 eighth left the Gainesville, Ga., product poised for a 1-over afternoon, but a double-bogey on the ninth relegated him to 3-over for the day.
WCU freshman Lawson King sits in a tie for 69th overall after an opening-round 4-over par, 76, charting three birdies against five bogies and a double-bogey. Senior Tyler Lail is tied for 96th at 78 with junior Evan Smith rounding out the Catamount scoring five in a tie for 109th after shooting 82. Lail countered eight bogies with a pair of birdies on Friday, while Smith carded a pair of birdies on the day, but struggled on the back nine, making the turn at 7-over.
Harvard carded an opening round, 4-under par, 284, to hold a one-stroke lead over second-place Georgia State (285) after Friday's opening round. Tournament host, Furman, is third with an even-par, 288, with Francis Marion and USC Upstate tied for fourth, a stroke in arrears to round out the top five teams.
Chattanooga (290) sits in a tie for sixth, Mercer (296) in 14th, and both Samford and Wofford tied for 15th at 297 to round out the Southern Conference competitors in the field.
Wofford's Andrew Novak and Logan Lagodich of Marshall share the tournament individual lead after both shooting 5-under par, 67, on Friday. Novak carded four birdies and two eagles to counter a trio of bogeys, while Lagodich also charted four birdies with an eagle against just one bogey.
Results and a complete recap of Saturday's second round will be made available at CatamountSports.com.