Greenville, S.C. - Sophomore Jackson Bishop carded a career-low round of 3-under par, 69, on Saturday to jump 30 spots in the individual standings into a tie for 27th to lead Western Carolina at the 47th annual Furman Intercollegiate. Collectively as a team, the Catamounts slipped into a tie for 18th overall with a two-day score of 594 (299-295) with 18 holes to play at the par-72, 6,994-yard course.
Playing in foursomes on Sunday, Western Carolina is matched with team golfers from Jacksonville and Presbyterian, as well as five individuals. The Catamounts hit the course with a 10:00 am shotgun start between holes No. 14 and 16. Live scoring of the final round is available online at GolfStatResults.com.
Opening on the front nine, Bishop carded an eagle on the par-5 second to quickly move to 2-under for the round, adding two birdies and six total pars on the front to make the turn at 4-under for the round. The lone blemish on his second round chart was a bogey on the par-4 10th, otherwise coming to the clubhouse with eight-straight pars for the 3-under round.
Bishop was among the biggest movers on the second day of competition. He ranks tied for the tournament lead with 26 pars over his first 36 holes.
WCU's first-round leader, freshman Bradley Durand, fell into a tie for 35th overall with a 3-over par, 75, on Saturday. Durand made the turn from the front nine at 2-under par with a pair of birdies over the first nine holes. He slipped back to even-par with back-to-back bogies on the back nine before settling for five-straight pars. However, a bogey and double-bogey to conclude his round relegated him to 3-over, 75.
Durand continues to lead WCU with a combined seven birdies overall.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five are senior Tyler Lail in a tie for 79th at 151 (78-73), freshman Lawson King in a tie for 94th at 154 (76-78) and junior Evan Smith tied for 110th at 161 (82-79). Lail had two birdies to sit at 2-under par through 12 holes before bogeying three of his final six holes to shoot 1-over, 73. King carded three birdies and Smith one on Saturday.
The first two teams after the opening round swapped the top spot on Saturday as Georgia State erased a one-stroke deficit by shooting five strokes better than second-place Harvard in the second round. The Panthers hold a four-stroke lead entering Sunday's final round over Harvard, 560-to-564. Akron jumped three spots in the team standings into a tie for third with tournament-host, Furman, at 566, with USC Upstate rounding out the top five teams.
Behind the Paladins, fellow Southern Conference schools range in the teens after two rounds. Chattanooga (581) slipped into a tie for 10th overall with Wofford (584) in 13th, Samford (586) in 15th, and Mercer (588) in 16th.
USC Upstate's Ryan Cornfield rallied seven spots to take the individual lead through 36 holes, following his 2-under par round of 70 on Friday with a 6-under round of 64 on Saturday for a total of 134. Cornfield holds a one-stroke edge over Rohan Ramnath of Harvard who is up two spots in the standings with a two-day score of 135.
The final round is scheduled for a shotgun start at 10:00 am on Sunday morning.