Tallahassee, Fla. - Three Catamounts posted opening round scores of 1-over par, 73, on Friday as Western Carolina sits in 13th overall despite a first-round team score of 5-over par, 293, at the 2017 Seminole Intercollegiate. WCU is just seven strokes outside of the top 10 after 18 of the scheduled 72 holes at the par-72, 7,172-yard Southwood Golf Course.
Opening on the back nine, MacQueen was 1-under through the first four holes after a birdie on the par-4 12th. Consecutive holes of double-bogey and bogey left him making the turn to the front nine at 2-over for the round. Three birdies with a bogey on the first six holes on the front left the Woodstock, Ontario, native poised to shoot even-par until a bogey on the par-4 eighth left him at 73.
Bishop overcame four bogies through his first six holes on Friday, carding a birdie on the par-4 18th to make the turn at 3-over par. Three birdies and four pars on the first seven holes on the front moved the Gainesville, Ga., native back to even-par. However, a bogey on the par-4 eighth left him at 73. Johnson countered three holes over-par -- two bogies and a double-bogey -- with three birdies for his 1-over par round.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five are junior Bright Julamool, one-stroke back after a first-round 2-over par 74 in a tie for 58th overall, and sophomore Lawson King in a tie for 77th at 7-over par, 79. Both Julamool and King carded four birdies in Friday's first round.
Penn State carded a team score of 15-under par, 273, to lead the 14-team field by a stroke over second-place -- and tournament host -- Florida State (274). Georgia Tech is three strokes off the pace in third at 276, with West Virginia (277) and Jacksonville (281) rounding out the top five.
Three individuals sit tied atop the tournament leaderboard after shooting matching scores of 6-under par, 66, on Friday. Georgia Tech's Luke Schniederjans, Cole Miller from Penn State, and Winthrop's Zach Seabolt share the top spot entering Saturday's second round.
The second round gets underway on Saturday morning with set tee-times starting at 8:30 am. Paired with golfers from Georgia Mason and Illinois State, WCU's scoring five tees off beginning at 9:47 am on the back nine. Live scoring is available online at GolfStatResults.com.