Heathrow, Fla. - Paced by two players atop the individual leader board after 36 of the scheduled 54 holes, the Western Carolina men's golf team sits in first place entering Tuesday's final round at the Frontier Secure Intercollegiate being contested at the par-71, 6,846-yard Heathrow Country Club.
Catamount sophomores Mark David Johnson and Lawson King both shot 2-under par, 140, on Monday to sit amidst a four-way tie for first-place. Johnson matched his career-low round of 3-under par, 68, in the second round to jump seven spots after the opening 18 holes. King posted consecutive career-low rounds of 1-under par, 70, to sit tied for the top spot in both rounds, charting six birdies and a pair of eagles for his career-day on Monday.
Johnson and King paced the Catamount scoring five which put each golfer inside the top 13. Junior Bright Julamool fired an even-par round of 142 to sit tied for sixth, shooting a season-low 69 in the second round. Julamool led WCU with nine birdies on Monday, adding an eagle as well. WCU's seasonal stroke average leaders, Dylan MacQueen and Jackson Bishop, are tied for 13th overall with matching scores of 145.
Western Carolina (565) holds a three-stroke lead over second-place Jacksonville State, which shot 568 as a team on Monday. Keiser University jumped three spots in the second round to sit in third at 579, followed by Appalachian State (587) in fourth, while Florida Gulf Coast and tournament-host, Stetson, sits in a two-way tie for fifth at 589.
After 36 holes, WCU leads the field in both par-3 (3.22, +11) and par-5 scoring (4.43, -23). The Catamounts also carded a tourney-best 34 birdies and four eagles on Monday.
The third and final round gets underway Tuesday morning with set tee-times starting at 8:00 am off of both the front and back nine. Paired with golfers from Jacksonville State and Keiser, the Catamount scoring five hit the course at 8:50 am on the first tee. WCU's two individuals go off the back nine with Smith hitting the course at 8:50 am and Durand at 9:30 am.
Live scoring of the final round is available online at GolfStatResults.com.