Memphis, Tenn. - Western Carolina men's golf carded its best round of the tournament to close play, shooting 299 over the final 18 holes on Tuesday in finishing 11th overall at the Memphis Intercollegiate. Two golfers -- freshman Chandler Metz and senior Dylan MacQueen -- paced the squad, finishing amongst a three-way tie for 30th at the par-72, 7,235-yard Colonial Country Club -- South Course.
Metz finished with the best three-round score of his young collegiate career, shooting 223 (73-75-75) while MacQueen posted a 1-over par, 73, final round to match at 223 (76-74-73).
Opening on the back nine, MacQueen birdied the par-4 11th for a second-consecutive round to start 1-under through the first three holes. However, a double-bogey on the par-3 13th started a string of five-straight holes of bogey or worse. He made the turn with his second birdie of the day on No. 18 to head for the home stretch at 4-over for the round.
MacQueen finished strong with six pars and three birdies on the final nine holes for his best round of the event, 1-over par, 73.
Metz made the turn from the back to the front at 1-over par, countering three bogies with a pair of birdies on Tuesday. The Wilkesboro, N.C., native shot 2-over on the front nine with bogies on the par-5 first and par-4 sixth to match his second round score of 75.
Junior transfer George Whitbread slipped into a final finishing position of 47th overall, shooting 5-over par, 77, on Tuesday for a three-day total of 228 (75-76-75). He was followed by freshman Zach Caudill in a tie for 68th at 237 (85-77-75) and senior Jackson Bishop in 73rd with a 54-hole score of 240 (87-77-76).
After rallying to the top of the team leaderboard late in the second round on Monday, Middle Tennessee State claimed the team championship on Tuesday, edging Arkansas State by a stroke, 868-to-869. The Blue Raiders shot 291 on Tuesday while Arkansas State posted the lowest round of the final day at 283 to jump from sixth-place into the runner-up spot over the final 18 holes. First day co-leader, Little Rock, was relegated to third, four strokes off the pace at 872 with Western Kentucky (873) and Memphis (879) rounding out the top five.
Leader after two complete rounds, UT-Martin's Hunter Richardson posted a final-round score of even-par, 72, to claim individual medalist honors by two strokes over Stetson's Baylor Payne, 210-to-212.
Western Carolina now turns its attention to its home tournament, hosting the Hummingbird Intercollegiate Oct. 1-3 at the beautiful Country Club of Sapphire Valley (CCSV). It is the 11th-consecutive year -- and the 12th-time overall since 2004 -- that WCU and the Country Club of Sapphire Valley have partnered to host the collegiate tournament.
For just the second time in tournament history, the 2017 Hummingbird Intercollegiate will have a 54-hole format with 36 holes of competition on Monday, Oct. 2 and the final 18 on Tuesday, Oct. 3.