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Pinehurst, N.C. – Freshman Tumi Kúld carded a first-round score of 4-over par 76 to sit in a tie for 23rd overall to lead Western Carolina at the 2019 Southern Conference Men’s Golf Championship after Sunday’s opening round at the par-72, 7,118-yard Pinehurst No. 9. WCU is eighth overall with a score of 313.

Monday’s second round tees off at 8:00 am with Western Carolina’s scoring five paired again with golfers from Wofford going off the front nine in nine-minute increments. Live scoring is available online at GolfStat.com.

Kúld rallied from a double-bogey on his first hole of Sunday’s round to make the turn at 1-over par before moving back to even with a birdie on the par-5 10th. However, four bogeys over his final six holes left him at 4-over for the round. Freshman counterpart Louis Theys is second for WCU in a tie for 27th overall, a stroke back at 5-over par 77. Theys was even-par on the front nine, countering a pair of bogeys with two birdies but finished the back nine with a double-bogey, four bogeys and one birdie for the 5-over round.

Senior George Whitbread sits in a tie for 29th at 6-over par 78, carding a pair of birdies on Sunday’s round of 18 holes. Rounding out WCU’s scoring five are sophomores Zach Caudill in 39th after shooting 82 and Michael Coe in 40th at 84.

Defending tournament champion UNC Greensboro holds a six-stroke lead over a second-place tie between ETSU and Mercer. Led by individual leader in sophomore Zack Swanson who shot a 4-under-par 68 to pace the field, the Spartans – who put three golfers inside the individual top 10 – fired a 5-under 283 with the Bucs and Bears shooting 289.

Furman is another five strokes back in fourth (294), followed by Chattanooga in fifth at 8-over 296, Samford in sixth at 297, one stroke back of the Mocs. Wofford (304) and WCU (313) rounds out the field.

The tournament continues with 18 holes Monday and Tuesday with the team champion collecting the SoCon’s automatic bid to the NCAA regional field.

 

2019 Southern Conference Men’s Golf Championship

Pinehurst No. 9 (Pinehurst, N.C.)

Par 72, 7,118 yards

 

Western Carolina – Round 1 Results

8 – Western Carolina – 313 (+25)

T23 – Tumi Kúld – 76 (+4)

T27 – Louis Theys – 77 (+5)

T29 – George Whitbread – 78 (+6)

39 – Zach Caudill – 82 (+10)

40 – Michael Coe – 84 (+12)

 

SoCon Team Results

1 – UNCG – 283 (-5)

T2 – ETSU – 289 (+1)

T2 – Mercer – 289 (+1)

4 – Furman – 294 (+6)

5 – Chattanooga – 296 (+8)

6 – Samford – 297 (+9)

7 – Wofford – 304 (+16)

8 – Western Carolina – 313 (+25)

 

SoCon Individual Leaders – Top 10

1 – Zack Swanson, UNCG – 68 (-4)

T2 – Connor Reid, Samford – 69 (-3)

T2 – Shiso Go, ETSU – 69 (-3)

T2 – Nick Lyerly, UNCG – 69 (-3)

5 – Lino Galdin, Mercer – 70 (-2)

T6 – Walker Simas, Wofford – 71 (-1)

T6 – Keller Harper, Furman – 71 (-1)

T6 – Jack Rhea, ETSU – 71 (-1)

T9 – Connor Nolan, Chattanooga – 72 (E)

T9 – Oliver Simonsen, Chattanooga – 72 (E)

T9 – Jonathan Brightwell, UNCG – 72 (E)

 

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