Jonesboro, Ark. – Western Carolina men’s golf slipped two spots in the final standings on Tuesday, finishing the 2019 Bubba Barnett Intercollegiate in 11th-place. The Catamounts posted a final round score of 309 for a two-day, 54-hole tally of 908, finishing just three strokes outside of the top 10.
Leading WCU through 36 holes, freshman Pierre Viallaneix slipped 15 spots over the final 18 holes to place amongst a four-way tie for 28th overall at 6-over par, 222. The Apopka, Fla., native countered two double-bogeys and four bogeys with a trio of birdies on Tuesday for a 5-over round of 77. He was followed by redshirt freshman Tyler Bussert in a tie for 36th overall with a three-round score of 225, shooting 6-over 78 on Tuesday. Bussert carded a pair of birdies on the front nine of his final round and was even through 10 holes before finishing with four bogeys and a double-bogey over the final eight holes. Bussert did card his WCU-low round of 2-under par 70 in Monday's second round.
Freshman Magnus Pederson climbed one spot in the final standings with his best round of the tournament on Tuesday, shooting 2-over par 74. The Moss, Norway, native played the front nine even in the final round, countering a pair of bogeys with two birdies. A third bogey was placated by a third birdie with five holes to play, but the first-year linksman could not rebound from a double-bogey on the par-4 16th for the 2-over round.
Viallaneix led Western Carolina with 34 pars over the 54-hole tournament while both he and Bussert paced the Catamounts with eight birdies apiece over the three-round tournament. Pedersen posted 33 pars while Bussert turned in a total of 31, finishing tied for second in par-3 scoring at 3-under (2.75).
WCU junior Michael Coe slipped 10 spots into the 61st finishing position, matching his first-round score of 80 over the final 18 holes. Coe was one of just eight golfers that combined to card nine eagles during the event, doing so during Monday’s second round on the par-5, 521-yard sixth hole during his 2-over par round of 74.
Rounding out WCU’s scoring five was sophomore Tumi Kúld who did not turn in a final-round score to finish 73rd, posting 159 (83-76) over the first two rounds.
Tournament-host and first-round leader Arkansas State cruised to a 27-stroke victory on Tuesday firing a three-day 829 on their home course with Oral Roberts finishing second overall at 856. The Red Wolves headlined the individual leader board with the top four finishers including co-individual medalists. UT Arlington was third, 11 strokes in arrears of the runner-up while South Dakota (880) and Valparaiso (885) rounded out the top five teams.
Arkansas State’s Zan Luka Stirn and Julien Sale, who led after the second round, finished the 54-hole event tied with matching scores of 10-under par, 206. That duo edged teammate Luka Naglic (209) by three strokes in third place and fourth-place Jack Madden who was five strokes off the pace at 211.
Western Carolina returns to action in the penultimate event of the fall semester as it travels to Kennesaw, Ga., to take part in the Pinetree Intercollegiate, hosted by Kennesaw State at the Pinetree Country Club. The 54-hole event gets underway with 36 continuous holes on Monday, Oct. 21 with the third-round set for Tuesday, Oct. 22.
11 – Western Carolina – 305-294-309 = 908 (+44)
T28 – Pierre Viallaneix – 70-75-77 = 222 (+6)
T36 – Tyler Bussert – 77-70-78 = 225 (+9)
T47 – Magnus Pedersen – 78-75-74 = 227 (+11)
61 – Michael Coe – 80-74-80 = 234 (+18)
73 – Tumi Kúld – 83-76-0 = 159