Raleigh, N.C. - Western Carolina men's golf sits in a two-way tie for 10th-place with fellow Southern Conference foe, ETSU, after 36 of the scheduled 54 holes at the Wolfpack Spring Open, hosted by North Carolina State at the par-71, 7,046-yard Lonnie Poole Golf Course. Both squads carded first day scores of 8-over par, 576.
The final round of competition gets underway with set tee times beginning at 8:00 am off both the front and back nine. Paired with golfers from ETSU and Virginia Tech, the Catamount scoring five will tee off on the back nine beginning at 8:00 am. Live scoring is available online through GolfStatResults.com.
Western Carolina has two golfers inside the top 30 individually, paced by sophomore Mark David Johnson in a tie for 25th overall at 1-under par, 141. Johnson posted nine birdies on Friday -- five in the first round and four in the second -- to accompany 19 combined pars. In both of the first two rounds, Johnson was able to recover from plus-3 starts to the day.
Junior Dylan MacQueen sits in a tie for 29th with a first-day score of even-par, 142. The Woodstock, Ontario, product countered a first-round 4-over par, 75, with a second-round 4-under, 67, to leap 37 total spots in the standings. MacQueen was even through the front nine in the first round before a double-bogey and two bogies on the back left him at 4-over. In the second round, he was 4-under par through 15 holes with 11 pars and four birdies before a bogey on the par-4 16th. He returned to 4-under with a birdie on the par-3 17th to finish the day even.
Rounding out WCU's scoring five are junior Jackson Bishop in a tie for 55th overall at 6-over, 148, while classmate Bright Julamool is tied for 71st at 151. Bishop rallied 23 spots after countering his first-round score of 6-over, 77, with an even-par, 71, on the second 18 holes. Julamool was one of just nine golfers to chart an eagle on Friday, doing so in the first round on the par-5 seventh. Sophomore Lawson King was even-par in the first round, finishing the day in a tie for 77th overall at 152.
The 42nd-ranked Wolfpack lead the 16-team field by two strokes over second-place, No. 15 Clemson, 543-to-545, after two rounds of competition. UNC Wilmington slipped one spot after the first round into third at 556, followed by UNCG (557) in fourth and Maryland (558) in fifth.
UNCG's Jonathan Brightwell sat fifth after the first 18 holes with a 4-under par, 67, before carding a second-round score of 8-under, 63, to vault to the top of the individual leader board. Brightwell holds a two-stroke lead over Clemson's William Nottingham, who posted a tourney-low round of 9-under par, 62, to jump 17 spots into the runner-up position entering Saturday's final round.
A complete recap of the tournament will be made available following the conclusion of play on Saturday in Raleigh.