Vero Beach, Fla. – The Western Carolina men’s golf team concluded play at the Quail Valley Collegiate on Tuesday finishing 16th overall with a three-day score of 924 (308-303-313) at the par-72, 7,350-yard Quail Valley Golf Club. Senior George Whitbread, who led the team through the opening 36 holes, came home in a team-best tie for 52nd overall with a tally of 223 (75-70-78).
Sophomore Michael Coe posted the team’s best final round score at 1-over par, 73, on Tuesday. The Cary, N.C., native carded three birdies – two on his opening back nine to counter a bogey – to make the turn to home at 1-under par. A double-bogey on the par-5 third relegated him to 1-over before his third birdie of the round on the par-5 seventh pushed him back even. Coe bogeyed the par-3 eighth for the first-time in the tournament to close the day at 1-over and the event at 232, 70th overall.
All told, Coe finished the 54-hole event with a team-best 35 pars – one-more than Whitbread (34).
Whitbread slipped 18 spots in the standings on Tuesday with a final-round score of 6-over par, 78. The product of Colchester, England countered six bogeys and one double-bogey with a pair of birdies, playing his final five holes of the event at 1-under par.
Rounding out WCU’s scoring five were freshmen Louis Theys in a tie for 71st overall, two strokes in arears of Coe at 234 (74-79-81) and Tumi Kúld in a tie for 74th at 240 (82-75-83) with sophomore Zach Caudill in 77th-place at 244 (79-84-81). Theys finished among the upper third in the tournament field in par-3 scoring at +1 (3.08). Caudill carded the team’s only eagle of the event, opening Tuesday’s final round with the 2-under score on the par-5 10th hole.
In second-place after 36 holes, North Florida was two strokes better than directional-rival USF on Tuesday to rally for one one-stroke team championship, 834-to-835. Arkansas State (838) finished third with Memphis climbing five spots into a fourth-place finish at 860. Jacksonville rounded out the top five teams with a three-day total of 862.
North Florida’s Travis Trace carded a tournament-low round of 66 on Tuesday to aid the Ospreys rally, advancing four spots in the standings to claim individual medalist honors by three strokes with a total of 13-under par, 203. Trace rallied past runner-up Blake Elliott (68-67-71=206) of McNeese State who was tied for the top spot after Monday’s second round.
Western Carolina returns to action Nov. 4-6, concluding the four-event fall portion of its schedule at the Kiawah Classic. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will be hosted by Charleston Southern at the Turtle Point Golf Course on Kiawah Island, S.C.
16 – Western Carolina – 308-303-313 = 924
T52 – George Whitbread – 75-70-78 = 223 (+7)
70 – Michael Coe – 80-79-73 = 232 (+16)
T71 – Louis Theys – 74-79-81 = 234 (+18)
T74 – Tumi Kúld – 82-75-83 = 240 (+24)
77 – Zach Caudill – 79-84-81 = 244 (+28)