White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. - Spending part of the second round hovering around the individual lead on Monday, Western Carolina senior Tyler Lail sits in a tie for 11th-place to pace the Catamounts after 36 holes at the 2016 Greenbrier Collegiate Invitational being held at the par-70, 7,287-yard Old White TPC Golf Course at Greenbrier.
WCU (593) sits 13th with 18 holes remaining in the squad's final tune-up ahead of the 2016 Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship April 24-26.
Lail carded rounds of even-par, 70, and 3-over par 73 for a 36-hole total of 143, just five strokes off the tournament lead. The Conover, N.C., native carded nine birdies over the opening 36 holes - five in the first round and four in the second on Monday. Sitting at 1-over par seven holes into his second round, Lail birdied three of his next five holes while moving from the back nine to the front to sit at 2-under par with five holes to play. However, he came to the clubhouse to conclude the opening 18 with three bogies and a double-bogey for the 73.
Freshman Mark David Johnson rallied from a first-round score of 6-over par, 76, to match his best round of the season with a 1-over par, 71, to sit tied for 30th at 147. The product from St. Simmons Island, Ga., had five birdies on Monday including four in his strong second round. He sat at 3-over par through 15 holes to play before scoring birdie on two of his final three holes for the 1-over, 71.
Sophomore Jackson Bishop is tied for 55th with a 36-hole score of 150 with junior Evan Smith (154) in a tie for 72nd and freshman Bradley Durand (155) tied for 77th to round out WCU's scoring five. Bishop had four birdies over the opening 36 holes while both Smith and Durand charted four on day one.
Playing unattached as an individual, freshman Lawson King sits in a tie for 63rd overall with rounds of 75 and 77 for a first-day total of 12-over par, 152. King, too, carded four birdies in Monday's two rounds.
Defending tournament champion, East Tennessee State, holds an eight-stroke lead over second-place Western Kentucky after 36 holes, 567-to-576. Eastern Kentucky is third, two strokes back of their in-state rival with Old Dominion and Marshall tied for fourth at 581 to round out the top five teams.
Stuart Easton of Western Kentucky and Gudmund Kristjansson of ETSU share the second-round lead with matching scores of 2-under par, 138.
Paired with golfers from both William & Mary and Bowling Green, Western Carolina's scoring five will tee-off between holes No. 12 and 15 with individual, Lawson King, beginning on the 17th. Live scoring is available online at BirdieFire.com.
|T30||Mark David Johnson||76||71||147||+7|
|T63||Lawson King (ind.)||75||77||152||+12|