Memphis, Tenn. - Junior transfer Dylan MacQueen sits amidst a tie for fifth-place just four strokes off the individual pace to lead Western Carolina through the first two rounds at the Memphis Intercollegiate. MacQueen posted a 36-hole score of 147 amidst unseasonably cool temperatures and breezy conditions Monday as the Catamounts sit in 10th-place overall with a two-round score of 618 (316-302).
MacQueen, who sat in second-place after the first 18 holes, was joined inside the individual top 20 by junior teammate Jackson Bishop, who rebounded 48 spots in the second round by trimming 11 strokes off opening round score to move into a tie for 19th overall at the par-72, 7,272-yard Colonial Country Club.
MacQueen charted back-to-back birdies on the seventh and eighth holes, making the turn at 2-under par to open the day. Bogies on the par-4 11th and par-5 18th left him even-par through 18 holes. In the second round, the Woodstock, Ontario, native countered five bogies with an eagle on the par-5 16th to shoot 3-over, 75, in the clubhouse with a two-round score of 147. MacQueen ranks tied for third in the tournament field with 26 total pars including 14 in the first round. He was also one of five golfers to eagle on Monday.
Bishop struggled through the opening round, sitting tied for 67th overall after shooting a 10-over par, 82, to start the day. However, the Gainesville, Ga., product bounced back over the second 18 holes to shoot 1-under par, 71, countering four bogies with five birdies.
Sophomore Mark David Johnson shot 9-over par, 153 (82-71), to sit in a tie for 47th overall, with classmate Lawson King shooting carding a pair of birdies as a part of a two-round score of 161 (82-79) to stand 64th overall. Rounding out WCU's scoring five is sophomore Bradley Durand who is tied for 65th with a two-round score of 162 (83-79), also charting a pair of birdies on the day.
Playing unattached as an individual, senior Evan Smith carded consecutive rounds of 80 for a first-day score of 160 to sit in a tie for 59th overall.
Central Arkansas holds a one-stroke advantage over second-place Lipscomb atop the leader board of the 13-team field. Central Arkansas carded an opening-day score of 600 ahead of the Bison at 601. The host Memphis Tigers are third, four strokes off the pace at 604 with Southern Miss (605) and Arkansas State (606) rounding out the top five teams.
Alvaro Carol Estrems of Central Arkansas has a stroke lead over individual runner-up Dawson Armstrong of Lipscomb. Estrems shot 1-under par, 143, to lead Armstrong at even-par.
Round three is scheduled for Tuesday morning with set tee times. Paired with golfers from Belmont and Western Kentucky, WCU's scoring five opens the final 18 holes on the back nine beginning at 8:00 am with individual competitor Evan Smith also going off of No. 10 at 9:03 am. Live scoring of the final day of the event is available online at BirdieFire.com.