Myrtle Beach, S.C. - The Western Carolina men's golf team carded an opening-round score of 292 on Sunday afternoon to stand tied for 11th overall after 18 of the scheduled 54 holes at the Golfweek Program Challenge. Junior transfer Dylan MacQueen paced WCU on the first day with a 3-under par, 69, to sit tied for 12th overall.
Paired with golfers from Morehead State, WCU's scoring five opens the second round Monday morning on the back nine at 8:15 am at the par-72, 6,983-yard True Blue Plantation.
A native of Woodstock, Ontario, MacQueen countered two bogeys and one double-bogey with seven birdies in his first round for the Purple & Gold. Opening on the back nine, MacQueen moved to 2-under par with a pair of birdies among his first four holes before a double-bogey and a bogey relegated him to 1-over. A third birdie on the ninth hole left him even at the turn.
Over the final nine holes, MacQueen countered a bogey with four birdies to shoot a 3-under par.
Sophomore Lawson King fired an even-par 72 on Sunday to sit amidst a tie for 35th. The Gainesville, Ga., product finished the day strong with three-straight birdies. Junior Jackson Bishop shot 75 with a birdie to counter four bogies to stand tied for 59th, with sophomore Mark David Johnson (76) in a tie for 62nd and senior Evan Smith (77) tied for 67th to round out WCU's side.
Campbell's men put three golfers inside the individual top 12, each with scores in the 60s for a combined 272 to lead the field by three strokes after one round. Jacksonville (275) sits in the runner-up spot, followed by James Madison (277) and Gardner-Webb (278) sitting in third and fourth, respectively. Houston Baptist and Southern Conference-member, Mercer, round out the top five in a two-way tie at 280.
Jacksonville's Raul Pereda fired a seven-under round of 65 to lead the 80-golfer field. Pereda holds a one-stroke advantage over a three-way tie for the runner-up spot after 18 holes.
In the combined program challenge, four-time champion Campbell (272 & 290) leads the 16-team field by nine strokes over second-place Jacksonville State (281 & 290), 562-to-571. Boston College sits in third with a combined men's and women's score of 573, followed by Jacksonville (576) and Mercer (580) rounding out the top five.
The second round is scheduled for Monday morning. Live scoring is available online at GolfStatResults.com.