Tallahassee, Fla. - Sophomore Mark David Johnson and junior Jackson Bishop both carded rounds under par on Saturday to lead Western Carolina as the Catamounts advanced three spots into 10th place overall entering Sunday's final round at the 2017 Seminole Intercollegiate. WCU has carded a 4-over par 36-hole team score of 580 with 18 holes to play.
Johnson carded a second-round score of 2-under par, 70, on Saturday to move into an eight-way tie for 29th with a combined two-round score of 1-under par, 143. Opening with an eagle on the par-5 10th, Johnson went on to counter two bogies with a pair of birdies to make the turn to the back nine at 2-under par. A third birdie on the par-4 second followed by five-straight pars left the St. Simon's Island, Ga., product poised to shoot 3-under. But, a bogey on the par-4 eighth left him finishing the day like he started at 2-under par, advancing 22 spots in the second round.
Bishop shot 1-under par, 71, on Saturday for a two-day total of even-par, 144, to move into a four-way tie for 37th overall. Three birdies on the back nine against a double-bogey left the Gainesville, Ga., native making the turn to the front at 1-under par. Over his final nine holes on Saturday, Bishop charted five pars and countered two bogies with a pair of birdies to finish at 1-under, moving up 14 spots in the standings.
Junior Dylan MacQueen carded his second-straight round of 1-over par, 73, to enter Sunday's final round in a six-way tie for 45th. MacQueen carded five birdies over the second 18 holes in moving up six spots overall.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five are junior Bright Julamool, up seven spots into a tie for 51st overall at 147 (74-73) with sophomore Lawson King in 78th overall at 156 (79-77). Julamool closed his second round with three birdies and a par over the final four holes to rally to 1-over for the day while King overcame a 5-over par back nine to shoot even over the final nine holes on Saturday.
First-round leader, Penn State, continues to pace the 14-team field, leading second-place -- and tournament-host, Florida State -- by two strokes, 550-to-552. Georgia Tech is six strokes off the pace in third place at 556, with Troy (561) and West Virginia (563) round out the top five.
Harry Ellis (67-66) of Florida State and Penn State's Cole Miller (66-67) sit tied atop the individual leader board with matching scores of 11-under par, 133.
Paired with golfers from Virginia Commonwealth and Western Kentucky, WCU's scoring five will hit the course on the back nine beginning at 8:22 am through 9:06 am. Live scoring of the final round is available online at GolfStatResults.com.