Kennesaw, Ga. – Western Carolina freshman Magnus Pedersen shot a 3-over par 147 over two rounds on Monday to lead the Catamount scoring five in a tie for 15th-place at the Pinetree Intercollegiate. The first-year striker paced WCU which sits 11th on the field with a 36-hole score of 605, nine strokes outside of the top 10.
Paired with golfers from ninth-place Toledo and 10th-place Tennessee Tech, WCU’s scoring five will tee-off on the back nine in Tuesday’s final round beginning at 8:45 am at the par-72, 7,108-yard PInetree Country Club. Live scoring is available online at GolfStat.com with links also posted on CatamountSports.com.
Opening both rounds on the back nine, Pedersen countered four bogeys with two birdies to make the turn to 2-over par in round one. The Moss, Norway, native was twice able to move back to 1-over par with three birdies on the front nine, but a double-bogey left him at 1-over 73 after 18 holes – the best round by a Catamount on Monday. In the second round, Pedersen again countered four bogeys and one double-bogey with four birdies, shooting 2-over 74 for the two-round total of 147. Pedersen carded a team-best nine birdies on Monday, tied for the fourth-most in the tournament field.
Freshman Pierre Viallaneix is two strokes back in a tie for 24th overall with a score of 149 (75-74) while junior Zach Caudill is tied for 37th with a score of 8-over par 152 (77-75). Caudill finished with six birdies while finishing tied for fourth in in par-3 scoring at 2-under (2.75). Viallaneix carded five in Monday’s two rounds.
Rounding out WCU’s scoring five through the first two rounds are redshirt freshman Tyler Bussert in 55th at 158 (77-81) and sophomore Louis Theys in 58th after shooting consecutive rounds of 80 for a total of 160.
Playing unattached as an individual, junior Michael Coe is tied for 56th with a 36-hole score of 15-over par, 159 (78-81).
Second after the opening 18 holes, Southern Conference foe Mercer vaulted to the top of the team leader board to pace the 11-team field by two strokes over tournament host, Kennesaw State, 577-to-579. Troy climbed two spots to third at 582 with Western Kentucky (586) a stroke ahead of a two-way tie for fifth between Jacksonville State and Belmont, knotted with matching team scores of 587.
Belmont’s Evan Davis carded a 10-under par score of 134 (68-66) to lead the 59-golfer field, carrying a one-stroke lead over Troy’s Connor Futrell into Tuesday’s final 18 holes.
Results and a complete recap will be posted online at CatamountSports.com at the conclusion of Tuesday’s third round.
11 – Western Carolina – 302-303 = 605 (+29)
T15 – Magnus Pedersen – 73-74 = 147 (+3)
T24 – Pierre Viallaneix – 75-74 = 149 (+5)
T37 – Zach Caudill – 77-75 = 152 (+8)
55 – Tyler Bussert – 77-81 = 158 (+14)
58 – Louis Theys – 80-80 = 160 (+16)
T56 – Michael Coe (ind.) – 78-81 = 159 (+15)