Greenville, S.C. - Western Carolina put three golfers inside the individual top 50, finishing 18th overall at the 47th annual Furman Intercollegiate which concluded Sunday at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Club.
Sophomore Jackson Bishop and freshman Bradley Durand both finished tied for 43rd overall with three-day scores of 219, while senior Tyler Lail carded a final round of 3-under par, 69, to advance 30 positions in the final standings into a tie for 49th.
Bishop opened his final round with consecutive birdies on the par-3 14th and par-5 15th to start at 2-under par. He remained under par through the first seven holes of the final round before a bogey on the par-3 fourth relegated him back to even. A trio of bogies on three of his last four holes left him at 3-over, 75, on Sunday.
A product of Gainesville, Ga., Bishop finished tied for the tournament lead in par-3 scoring at 2-under (2.83), and was second in the field with 37 total pars over the 54-hole event. Bishop posted his career-low round of 3-under par, 69, in Saturday's second round.
Durand played much of his final round at even-par, countering three bogies with a trio of birdies through his first 12 holes to sit all-square with six holes to play. However, bogies on the par-4 10th and par-5 11th left him at 2-over par, 74, for the day. The Oak Ridge, Tenn., native carded a career-low round of 2-under par, 70, in Friday's first round.
Lail was among the biggest movers on Sunday, advancing 30 spots in the final standings to finish in a tie for 49th overall with a final-round, 3-under par, 69. It was his third round shot in the 60s this season. Opening on the par-5 15th, the Conover, N.C., native posted a clean round with 15 total pars including eight-straight to close the round, adding three birdies between the second and sixth holes.
All told, Lail was tied for third in the tournament field with a combined 36 pars over the three days, second on the WCU squad.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five were freshman Lawson King in a tie for 98th overall at 231 (76-78-77) and junior Evan Smith in a two-way tie for 103rd at 234 (82-79-73), finishing with a final round score of 1-over par, 73, on Sunday.
Georgia State pulled away over the final 18 holes, carding a final round of 281 to secure the 15-stroke victory over runner-up, Harvard. The Panthers finished with a three-day total of 841 with Harvard finishing at 856. USC Upstate advanced two spots in the final standings to place third at 857, followed by Akron (859) and tournament-host, Furman (860), rounding out the top five.
Among the other Southern Conference competitors in the field, Wofford finished seventh at 866, with Chattanooga placing 10th at 870. Samford (877) finished 16th with Mercer finishing 19th overall at 889.
Second-round leader Ryan Cornfield of USC Upstate shot 203 (70-64-69) to claim individual medalist honors, edging Wofford's Andrew Novak (67-70-69=206) by three strokes.
Western Carolina returns to action April 11-12 at the Greenbrier Intercollegiate, co-hosted by Marshall and Bowling Green at the Old White TPC Course in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. The three-round tournament will be spread over two days with 36 holes on April 11.