Greenville, S.C. - Led by junior Jackson Bishop with his second Top 10 individual finish of the season, the Western Carolina men's golf team rallied for a Top 10 showing of its own as both Bishop and the Catamounts (866) finished tied for ninth on Sunday at the 48th annual Furman Intercollegiate.
The Catamounts finished tied with James Madison as the two purple & gold clad squads shot 2-over par, 866, over the three-day event. Bishop posted a three-day total of 6-under par, 210, and finished two strokes ahead of sophomore teammate Mark David Johnson who finished tied for 11th at 212.
Opening on the par-4 seventh, Bishop played his first nine holes at even-par on Sunday, birdying the par-4 10th before a bogey on the par-5 15th. He finished off his round with three birdies against one additional bogey to shoot 2-under par, 70. All told, Bishop finished the tournament ranked tied for fifth in par-3 scoring (3.00, E), and was among the tournament leaders with 15 total birdies.
Johnson posted a second-consecutive round of 1-under par, 71, on Sunday to shoot 4-under, 212, for the tournament. The St. Simmons Island, Ga., native countered two bogies on the final 18 holes with a birdie and an eagle on the par-5 second in the final round.
Junior Dylan MacQueen turned in his best round of the event on Sunday, shooting 1-under par, 71, to finish with a three-day total of 218, climbing eight spots in the final standings to finish tied for 45th. MacQueen finished with a dozen birdies. His classmate, Bright Julamool (229), slipped into a tie for 105th while sophomore Lawson King gained three positions on the final day to place 123rd with a three-round score of 241 (83-82-76).
Second-round leader, nationally-ranked Clemson, extended its lead in winning the team championship by 14 strokes over second-place, USC-Aiken, which is ranked in the NCAA Division II standings. Southern Conference member, Chattanooga, finished in a tie for third with former conference foe, Georgia Southern, at 9-under par, 855, with Wofford placing fifth overall with a three-day score of 861.
WCU finished ahead of SoCon-opponent -- and tournament-host -- Furman (18th, 889) and Samford (20th, 897).
Western Carolina does not return to action until mid-April as it travels to Raleigh, N.C., for the Wolfpack Spring Intercollegiate, hosted by N.C. State at the Lonnie Pool Golf Course.