Memphis, Tenn. - Western Carolina freshman Chandler Metz carded a two-round score of 4-over par, 148, on Monday to lead the Catamounts in a tie for 24th overall at the Memphis Intercollegiate. WCU enters Tuesday's final round in 11th-place overall with 18 holes to play.
Monday's two rounds of play included an hour and 10-minute weather delay, finishing around sunset at the par-72, 7,235-yard Colonial Country Club -- South Course.
Metz countered three bogies and one double-bogey with four birdies in the opening round to shoot 1-over par, 73, entering the second 18 holes. Beginning on the back nine, the Wilkesboro, N.C., native posted a bogey on his second hole of the second round -- the par-4 11th -- before making the turn to the front nine with a birdie to sit even. Three bogies and six pars down the stretch left Metz at 3-over, 75, for a two-round score of 148.
Senior Dylan MacQueen posted rounds of 4-over par, 76, and 2-over par, 74, to sit in a seven-way tie for 31st overall. The Woodstock, Ontario, product countered 12 bogies with six birdies over the first 36 holes of the tournament. A junior transfer from Murray State College, George Whitbread, made his WCU debut on Monday and is tied for 38th overall with a 7-over par, 151. A native of Colchester, England, had 25 pars over the first two rounds with nine bogies and a pair of birdies in his first rounds for the Purple & Gold.
Little Rock and Middle Tennessee sit tied atop the team leaderboard after two rounds with matching scores of 577. Little Rock led after 18 holes after posting the tournament's third-lowest, single-round score of 282. The tourney host Memphis Tigers are third, four-strokes in arrears at 581, with Western Kentucky (583) and Georgetown (584) rounding out the top five.
Hunter Richardson of UT-Martin leads the 75-golfer field after a 6-under par, 138, on Monday and carries a one-stroke edge over Little Rock's George Scanlon in to the final round on Tuesday.
The final round is slated for Tuesday morning with set tee times off both the front and back nine. Paired with golfers from Fort Wayne and IUPUI, the Catamounts will tee off on the back nine beginning at 10:00 am ET / 9:00 am CT on Tuesday. Live scoring is available online through BirdieFire.com.