Kennesaw, Ga. – Western Carolina freshmen Pierre Viallaneix and Magnus Pedersen both placed inside the individual top 12 on Tuesday to guide Catamount men’s golf to its third top 10 team finish of the fall semester. WCU jumped one spot into 10th-place over the final 18 holes at the Pinetree Intercollegiate hosted by Kennesaw State which concluded at the par-72, 7,108-yard Pinetree Country Club.
After enduring a 30-plus minute delay to opening the final round tee times due to overnight and morning rain showers, Viallaneix wasted very little time in vaulting up the leader board. The Apopka, Fla., product recovered from an opening-hole bogey on the par-4 10th with the first of three back-nine birdies on the par-5 11th, making the final turn at 2-under for the day. Viallaneix was cruising with eight-straight pars on the front nine before bogeying the par-5 ninth to finish 1-under, 71, for the day and 4-over, 220 for the tournament. Among the biggest movers of the final round, Viallaneix climbed 16 spots into a career-best eighth-place tie.
Tied for 15th after two rounds, Pedersen advanced three spots on Tuesday with a final-round score of 2-over 74 and a three-round tally of 5-over par, 221. The Norwegian-born frosh posted 16 pars and two bogeys – one aside – on Tuesday to improve on his career-best finish by four spots.
Redshirt freshman Tyler Bussert also moved-up 16 spots in the final individual standings, shooting even-par 72 on Tuesday for a three-round score of 230, finishing tied with six others for 39th. A trio of birdies on the back nine left the Port Byron, Ill., transfer turning for home 3-under for the round. However, three-consecutive bogeys between hole Nos. 2 and 4 left him even, recovering to close the round with five-straight pars.
Rounding out WCU’s scoring five were junior Zach Caudill who slipped into a tie for 47th overall with a final-round score of 8-over 80 (232) and sophomore Louis Theys, who moved up a spot into 57th overall after a third-straight round of 80 (240).
Playing unattached as an individual, junior Michael Coe moved four spots up the standings on Tuesday with a final-round score of 5-over, 77 – his best round of the tournament that included three birdies that left him in a tie for 52nd overall.
All told for the Catamounts, Viallaneix led WCU with 36 pars – three more than freshman counterpart Pedersen and redshirt freshman Bussert, both with 33. Pedersen had nine birdies, one more than Viallaneix who carded eight. Caudill finished among the tournament leaders in par-3 scoring at 1-under (2.92) on the shortest layouts. Coe, WCU’s individual, matched Viallaneix with eight birdies over the past two days.
Jacksonville State rocketed up four positions from a fifth-place tie after 36 holes to claim the team championship by two-strokes over Belmont, which also sat in the two-way tie for fifth after two rounds of play. The Gamecocks shot 878 to win the event while the Bruins turned in a team score of 880. Day-one leader, Mercer, slipped to third in the final order at 884, followed by Troy (885) and Western Kentucky (888) to round out the top five teams.
Belmont’s Evan Davis turned in his third-consecutive round in the 60s on Tuesday with a 4-under par 68 to cap a strong tournament showing in claiming medalist honors. Davis fired a 14-under par 202 (68-66-68) to win by eight strokes over Jesus Montenegro of Jacksonville State in the runner-up spot at 210.
Western Carolina breaks for a weekend before traveling to Kiawah Island, S.C., for the fall finale at the East Bay Deli Intercollegiate, hosted by Charleston Southern at the Turtle Point Golf Course. The 54-hole tournament will be spread over three days, beginning on Sunday, Nov. 3 with the final round of the semester scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5.
10 – Western Carolina – 302-303-297 = 902 (+38)
T8 – Pierre Viallaneix – 75-74-71 = 220 (+4)
T12 – Magnus Pedersen – 73-74-74 = 221 (+5)
T39 – Tyler Bussert – 77-81-72 = 230 (+14)
T47 – Zach Caudill – 77-75-80 = 232 (+16)
57 – Louis Theys – 80-80-80 = 240 (+24)
T52 – Michael Coe (ind.) – 78-81-77 = 236 (+20)