Greenville, S.C. - Paced by two golfers inside the individual top 11, the Western Carolina men's golf team sits fourth overall, four strokes off the team lead after 18 of the scheduled 54 holes at the 48th annual Furman Intercollegiate being held at the on-campus Furman University Golf Course.
Junior Jackson Bishop carded a career-low round, 6-under par, 66, on Friday to sit in the runner-up spot behind Georgia Southern's Brett Barron who carded a tournament-record low round of 9-under par, 63. Sophomore Mark David Johnson posted a 2-under round of 70, amidst a six-way tie for 11th overall as the duo led the Catamounts.
Paired with golfers from Dartmouth and Presbyterian, WCU's scoring five tees off in the afternoon session on the back nine Saturday beginning at 1:50 pm. Live scoring is available online at GolfStatResults.com.
Bishop carded four birdies on the front nine and three on the back over his opening 18 holes. The Gainesville, Ga., native was poised for a 7-under round before the lone blemish of his first round -- a bogey on the par-4 18th -- left him at 66. Johnson made the turn at 5-under par after five birdies on the front nine. He finished the first round with six pars and three bogies for the 2-under par round of 70.
Junior Dylan MacQueen sits in a tie for 27th overall after shooting an even-par, 72. MacQueen had five birdies against five bogies on Friday. Bright Julamool is tied for 76th at 3-over par, 75, while Lawson King shot 83 to sit tied for 125th.
Paced by Barron's record round, Georgia Southern leads the 21-team field by a stroke over second-place Clemson, 279-to-280. Wofford is third, two strokes off the pace at 281, with Western Carolina fourth at 283 ahead of a two-way tie between Dartmouth and Wichita State in fifth at 285.
Second round tee times begin at 8:30 am on Saturday morning with the final round slated for Sunday.