Greenville, S.C. - Western Carolina men's golf slipped seven spots in the team standings on Saturday afternoon, and enters Sunday's final round of the 48th annual Furman Intercollegiate in a tie 11th-place, just four strokes outside of a top 10 position at 578.
The Catamounts followed-up an opening round team score of 283 with a score of 295 in the second round for a two-day total of 578 at the on-campus, par-72, 7,004-yard Furman University Golf Course.
WCU is led by junior Jackson Bishop, who slid seven spots into a tie for ninth after a second-round score of 2-over par, 74, for a two-round total of 4-under par, 140 (66-74). He is just two strokes outside of the individual top five. Bishop is joined in the top 20 by Catamount sophomore teammate, Mark David Johnson, in a tie for 17th, one stroke back at 141.
One day after charting seven birdies, Bishop carded four on Saturday to counter six bogies for the 2-over round of 74. The Gainesville, Ga., native has 11 birdies over the first two days, tied with sixth others for the fourth-most in the tournament field. Bishop shot 2-over on the back nine with two birdies against four bogies before carding an even-par front nine on Saturday.
Johnson started his day at 2-under par before a pair of bogies left him making the turn to the front even-par. Two additional birdies, giving him nine total overall, moved him back to even before a third bogey left him at 1-under, 71.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five are junior Dylan MacQueen in a tie for 53rd at 147 and classmate Bright Julamool in a tie for 88th at 150 after consecutive rounds of 3-over par, 75. MacQueen was even with three holes to play in the second round before a double-bogey and a bogey left him at 3-over par, while Julamool had 13 pars with four bogies and one birdie on Saturday. Sophomore Lawson King sits in 126th overall with a two-round score of 165.
Nationally-ranked Clemson moved atop the team leader board with a strong second round score of 12-under par, 276. The Tigers (556) carry an 11-stroke lead over USC-Aiken (567) in to the final round. Chattanooga jumped from 11th into a tie for third with a 10-under second round, matching former conference member, Georgia Southern. A second SoCon school, Wofford, rounds out the top five at 6-under par, 570.
Wofford's Andrew Novak jumped two spots to take the individual tournament lead, following his 5-under par round of 67 on Friday with a 6-under par, 66, on Saturday for a two-round score of 11-under, 133. Novak has a four-stroke lead over the two-way tie between Harvard's Kendrick Vinar and first-round leader, Brett Barron of Georgia Southern, who sit at 7-under par, 137.
The final round is scheduled for Sunday morning with live scoring available online at GolfStatResults.com. Paired in foursomes with golfers from Gardner-Webb, Wichita State, and Virginia Tech, the Catamount scoring five will tee off between the seventh and ninth holes at 9:30 am. A complete recap will be made available on Sunday evening.