Kiawah Island, S.C. – Western Carolina men’s golf climbed two spots in the team standings on Monday, moving into a two-way tie with No. 47 Memphis in 11th-place overall after 36 of the scheduled 54 holes at the Kiawah Island Classic at Turtle Point. Sophomore Tumi Kúld continues to pace the Catamounts in a tie for 19th overall with redshirt freshman transfer Tyler Bussert moving inside the top 30 in the second round.
With anticipated morning rain showers, officials at the par-72, 6,911-yard course have pushed the projected shotgun start time of Tuesday’s final round to 9:00 am. Paired with golfers from Cincinnati, Jacksonville State, and No. 47 Memphis in foursomes, WCU’s scoring five will hit the course between the seventh and ninth holes on the front nine.
Live scoring of the final round is available online at www.GolfStat.com.
Kúld posted his second-consecutive even-par round of 72 on Monday, countering four bogeys with four birdies. The Icelandic-born striker charted three birdies through his first six holes in the second round to move to 3-under for the day on the back nine before a bogey on the par-3 16th left him turning to the front nine at 2-under. He finished his day with three bogeys and one birdie on the front nine for the two-day score of 144.
Mired in a tie for 65th overall after an opening-round score of 4-over par, 76, on Sunday, Bussert was a model of consistency on Monday. The Port Byron, Ill., native posted 16 pars and two birdies for the 2-under round of 70, matching his lowest round as a Catamount this fall. With a two-day score of 146, Bussert rocketed 36 spots to rank among the day’s biggest gainers, sitting in the clubhouse in a tie for 29th with nine others.
Rounding out WCU’s scoring five are freshman Pierre Viallaneix, sliding eight spots into a tie for 53rd overall with a score of 149, while classmate Magnus Pedersen is tied for 84th at 154. Junior Zach Caudill knocked three strokes off his second-round score to move a couple of positions into a tie for 94th overall.
No. 24 Auburn continued its onslaught on the field, pulling out to a 17-stroke lead over second-place Augusta, 556-to-573, entering Tuesday’s final round. College of Charleston advanced into third with a two-round score of 574, with High Point (579) and a two-way tie for fifth between Samford and Gardner-Webb at 584 rounding out the top of the team leader board.
First-round leader Jovan Rebula of Auburn followed his opening score of 8-under par 64 with a 6-under par 66 on Monday to carry an eight-stroke advantage into the final 18 holes. Hunter Fry of USC Upstate rocketed up the individual standings, moving 14 spots into the runner-up position, also shooting 6-under par 66 for a two-day tally of 138.
Complete results and recap of the final round will be made available online at CatamountSports.com on Tuesday.
T11 – Western Carolina – 299-293 = 592 (+16)
T19 – Tumi Kúld – 72-72 = 144 (E)
T29 – Tyler Bussert – 76-70 = 146 (+2)
T53 – Pierre Viallaneix – 74-75 = 149 (+5)
T84 – Magnus Pedersen – 77-77 = 154 (+10)
T94 – Zach Caudill – 79-76 = 155 (+11)