Burlington, N.C. - Western Carolina junior Jackson Bishop carded a career-low round of 5-under par, 66, in Monday's second round to lead the Catamounts at the Elon Phoenix Invitational. Bishop sits in a tie for ninth-place overall to pace WCU to 10th entering Tuesday's final round of play at the par-71, 6,867-yard Alamance Country Club.
The Catamounts posted rounds of 293 and 281 for a 36-hole score of 6-over par, 574 -- just seven strokes outside of the top five.
Bishop carded a pair of birdies and one bogey on the front nine with a pair of bogies on the back to shoot 1-over par, 72, over the opening 18 holes. The Gainesville, Ga., native went low in his second round, posting six total birdies with 11 pars and a lone bogie for his career-best round of 66. His 36-hole score of 138 is just six strokes off the lead.
WCU seasonal leading scorer, junior transfer Dylan MacQueen, posted a two-round score of 1-under par, 141, with rounds of even-par 71 and 1-under 70 to sit tied for 20th. MacQueen countered four bogies with four birdies in the opening round before adding four birdies against a trio of bogies over the second 18 holes.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five over the first two rounds were sophomore Mark David Johnson in a tie for 59th at 147 (76-71) with junior Bright Julamool in a tie for 78th (79-74 = 153) and sophomore Lawson King tied for 86th (74-84 = 158).
Playing unattached as an individual, sophomore Bradley Durand sits in a tie for 50th overall at 146 (76-70), matching his career-best round of 70 in the second round. Senior Evan Smith, who was also slated to compete as an individual, withdrew from Monday's two rounds.
Gardner-Webb leads the 15-team field overall, carrying a seven-stroke lead over runner-up -- and tournament host -- Elon, 558-to-565. Presbyterian sits in third place with a two-round score of 566, followed by a two-way tie between George Mason and defending champion, East Carolina, at 567.
Unattached individual Jose Montano of North Carolina leads the tournament field, carrying a one-stroke lead into Tuesday's final round. Montano has a two-round total of 10-under par, 132, to hold a stroke advantage over a two-way tie between Logan Lowe of George Washington and Elon's Jake Leavitt, also playing as an individual.
Paired with golfers from 11th-place Appalachian State and 12th-place High Point, Western Carolina's scoring five hits the course on the back nine beginning at 8:40 am, while Durand opens at 8:16 am, also off of No. 10. Live scoring of the tournament is available online at BirdieFire.com.