Burlington, N.C. - The Western Carolina men's golf team advanced three spots in the final standings Tuesday, closing the Elon Phoenix Invitational with a three-round score of 7-over par, 859, to finish seventh overall at the par-71, 6,867-yard Alamance Country Club.
WCU junior Jackson Bishop followed up his career-low round of 5-under par, 66, in Monday's second round with a 3-over par, 74, on Tuesday to lead the Catamounts in a tie for 23rd overall. The Gainesville, Ga., native finished the event with a 1-under par score of 212. Bishop carded 13 pars, four bogies and one birdie over the final 18 holes.
Junior transfer Dylan MacQueen came home tied for 26th with a three-round total of 213. The Woodstock, Ontario, Canada product followed-up rounds of even-par 71 and 1-under par 70 on Monday with a 1-over round of 72 on Tuesday despite carding three birdies.
Western Carolina's low round of the day came from sophomore Mark David Johnson, who finished tied for 32nd overall. The second-year striker from St. Simons Island, Ga., matched his career-low with a 3-under par round of 68. Opening on the back nine, Johnson charted three birdies through his first four holes before an eagle on the par-5 17th left him at 5-under one hole shy of making the turn. A bogey on No. 18 left him turning to the front and final nine holes of the day at 4-under.
After recording five-consecutive pars, Johnson moved back to 5-under with his fourth birdie of the round on the par-5 sixth before a double-bogey on No. 7 left him where he finished at 3-under par.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five were junior Bright Julamool in a tie for 67th with three-day score of 224 (79-74-71), closing with an even-par round on Tuesday, and sophomore Lawson King in 89th at 240 (74-84-82).
Playing unattached as an individual, sophomore Bradley Durand placed in a tie for 51st overall with a 54-hole score of 219 (76-70-73). After withdrawing from Monday's first two rounds, senior Evan Smith played on Tuesday, carding a 3-over par round of 74.
Gardner-Webb claimed the team championship going away, finishing 18 strokes ahead of runner-up, Loyola-Maryland. The Runnin' Bulldogs posted a three-round score of 22-under par, 830, over the second-place score of 848. Tournament-host, Elon, finished third at 3-under par, 849, followed by defending tournament champion East Carolina (850) in fourth and Wofford in fifth at 856.
Individual medalist honors were shared by three players, two playing as individuals. Second-round leader Jose Montano of North Carolina and Jake Leavitt of Elon were both unattached while George Mason's Eric Edwards each posted 10-under par rounds of 203 to share the top individual position.
Western Carolina will now turn its attention to its home tournament as the Catamounts will again play host to 10 teams and 62 total golfers at the 11th annual Hummingbird Intercollegiate. The 36-hole event will be held Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 with a practice round on Oct. 30 at the beautiful Country Club of Sapphire Valley. This year marks the 10th-consecutive season -- and 11th time overall -- that WCU and the Country Club of Sapphire Valley have hosted this intercollegiate golf tournament. The Catamounts finished third at last year's home event.