WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - Western Carolina freshman Mark David Johnson carded a career-low round of 68 on Tuesday, rallying to a career-best 15th-place finish as play concluded at the 2016 Greenbrier Collegiate Invitational at the par-70, 7,287-yard Old White TPC Golf Course. The Catamounts finished 15th overall as a team with a score of 890 in its first trip to the tournament.
Johnson countered two bogies with four birdies on Tuesday including his fourth on the final hole of the round to place in the two-way tie for 15th. The St. Simmons Island, Ga., native advanced 15 spots over the final day of competition, finishing with nine birdies in the three rounds and a career-best 54-hole score of 215.
Senior Tyler Lail, who led the Catamount scoring side after the second round, slipped to 39th in the final standings after posting a 9-over par, 79, on Tuesday. The Conover, N.C., product charted just one birdie and nine pars over the final 18 holes, posting a two-day total of 222.
Sophomore Jackson Bishop matched his opening round score of 4-over par, 74, on Tuesday for a total of 224 to place in a tie for 57th, while freshman Bradley Durand came home tied for 78th at 231 and junior Evan Smith was 85th at 241.
Playing unattached as an individual, freshman Lawson King matched his career-low rounds with a 2-over par, 72, over the final 18 holes to shoot 224, tied for 57th.
Defending tournament champion - and fellow Southern Conference member - East Tennessee State repeated as the event team champion, defeating runner-up, Eastern Kentucky, by 15 strokes, 846-to-861. The Buccaneers put each member of its scoring four inside the top 15 including three inside the individual top 10. Western Kentucky (866) finished in third place overall, with Ohio (869) and Marshall (870) rounding out the top five teams.
Playing unattached as an individual, Old Dominion's Nick Rencis claimed medalist honors with a three-round score of 3-under par, 207, after shooting 5-under par, 65, on Tuesday.
Western Carolina now turns its attention to the 2016 Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship, scheduled for April 24-26. The three-day, 54-hole event will be held at Pinehurst No. 9 in Pinehurst, N.C. It is the ninth SoCon Championship to be played in Pinehurst all-time, and the third at Pinehurst No. 9 which used to be known as National Golf Club. WCU looks to build on last year's sixth-place finish.
|T15||Mark David Johnson||76||71||68||215||+5|
|T57||Lawson King (ind.)||75||77||72||224||+14|