Tallahassee, Fla. - Junior Jackson Bishop finished in a tie for 34th to lead the Catamount scoring five as the Western Carolina men's golf team placed 13th (875) at the highly-competitive 41st Seminole Intercollegiate concluded Sunday at the par-72, 7,172-yard Southwood Golf Course.
Bishop finished with a three-round score of 1-over par, 217, advancing three spots to place amidst an eight-way tie for 34th overall. The Gainesville, Ga., native overcame an opening bogey with a pair of back-to-back birdies on the back nine to make the turn to the home stretch at 1-under par. However, bogies on the par-3 third and par-4 fifth relegated him to 1-over, 73, for the second time on the weekend.
Juniors Dylan MacQueen and Bright Julamool both finished tied for 50th overall with matching scores of 4-over par, 220. MacQueen slipped five spots in the final standings, backing up his first two rounds of 1-over par, 73, with a 2-over round of 74 on Sunday. MacQueen was even through 16 holes, countering two bogies with a pair of birdies. However, he shot bogey on the final two holes of the tournament to drop him in the standings.
Julamool posted five birdies against four bogies, but a costly double-bogey on the par-4 second to shoot 1-over, 73, in the final round. All told, Julamool carded a team-best 14 birdies at the 54-hole tournament. Bishop and MacQueen both finished with 11 birdies.
Rounding out the Catamount side were sophomore Mark David Johnson, who struggled through a final round 79 to come home tied for 58th at 6-over par, 222, and sophomore Lawson King, who climbed three positions to finish tied for 75th overall at 231. Johnson and King both birdied seven times with Johnson adding an eagle.
Paced by individual medalist Cole Miller, Penn State led wire-to-wire to claim the team championship, edging nationally-ranked Georgia Tech and tournament-host Florida State by three strokes, 833-to-836. James Madison finished fourth overall at 847 with Troy rounding out the top five with a three-day score of 848.
Miller claimed a two-stroke individual victory over Florida State's Harry Ellis, finishing at 15-under par, 201, while Ellis was two strokes in arrears at 203.
Western Carolina returns to action on Monday in the second of back-to-back events. The Catamounts will compete in the Southern Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of Georgia at the par-72, 6,917-yard Athens Country Club. WCU will be among a 14-team field with Ohio State and Florida State sending individual competitors only for a 15th and 16th schools involved in the tournament. The Catamounts will be joined at the event by fellow Southern Conference schools Chattanooga and Furman.