VERONA, N.Y. - The Western Carolina men's golf team is tied for fourth after the first two rounds on the Turning Point Invitational with a 36-hole total of 616. The tournament which is being held in Verona, N.Y., but is hosted by the University of Missouri, will be completed Monday morning as the final 18 holes will be contested. Senior Dylan MacQueen leads the Catamounts as he sits tied for seventh overall at four-over par (148).
A native of Woodstock, Ontario, MacQueen had a tough opening round as he holed a pair of birdies countered by five bogies and a double-bogey for seven over par. The second round was another story for the senior as he had just one hole over par which was a double-bogey on No. 7 but he was able to sink five birdies to finish the round three under par. The round helped him move 13 spots up the leaderboard and put the Catamounts near the top of the standings.
Freshman Chandler Metz saw his first collegiate action Sunday and is tied for 31st overall after two rounds with a score of 157. Metz sunk four birdies over the two rounds. After an opening round of 11-over par the rookie responded with a two-over par second round which moved him up 13 spots on the overall leaderboard.
Senior Bright Julamool and freshman Zach Caudill sit in a tie for 38th overall as they sit two strokes behind Metz at 159. Julamool posted three birdies over the final 18 holes to finish his second round at three-over par. The round helped the senior climb 13 spots up the leaderboard. Caudill had WCU's best opening round as he shot a four-over par 76 that featured a trio of birdies over the final eight holes. The freshman dropped 29 spots on the individual leaderboard after suffering a second round setback of 11-over par.
Host Missouri leads the field with a 12-under par score of 564. UNC Wilmington (604) and Boston College (611) round out the top three. WCU is tied with St. Peter's for fourth overall and sits just 12 strokes behind second place.
Missouri's top four golfers hold the top four spots in the tournament as well as Hayden Buckley leads the field with a two-round score of 139 (-5). Blake McShea of UNCW and Missouri's fifth golfer are in a tie for fifth while MacQueen and two others are tied for seventh. MacQueen is nine strokes off the lead heading into the final day of action.
The third and final round is scheduled for Monday morning. Live scoring is available online at GolfStatResults.com.