Kiawah Island, S.C. – Western Carolina sophomore Tumi Kúld led the Catamount men’s golf team at the Kiawah Classic at Turtle Point which concluded Tuesday, posting a three-day score of 218 to finish tied for 34th overall. As a team, WCU slipped into 13th-place overall at the final event in the fall portion of the team’s 2019-20 schedule.
Kúld countered five bogeys with a trio of birdies over his final 18 holes, concluding a consistent tournament with a 2-over par 74 on Tuesday as an encore to his first two rounds of even par 72. The Akureyri, Iceland, native finished the tournament with 10 birdies.
Redshirt freshman Tyler Bussert finished tied for 49th with a three-day score of 4-over par, 220, that included a 2-over round of 74 on Tuesday. He countered three bogeys and one triple-bogey with four birdies in the final round. He was flanked by freshman teammate Pierre Viallaneix in a tie for 63rd (223), also posting a 2-over par final round with four birdies.
Bussert finished the 54-hole tournament with a team-best 37 pars, two more than Viallaneix who carded a total of 35.
Rounding out WCU’s scoring five was freshman Magnus Pedersen, carding his lowest round of the tournament with a 1-over par 73 on Tuesday for a three-day total of 227. Junior Zach Caudill climbed 11 spots over the final 18 holes, also posting his best round of the event to conclude the fall by shooting even-par 72 for a three-day score of 227 to match Pedersen.
No. 24 Auburn cruised to the team championship, leading each round and finishing with a 31-under par team score of 833. The Tigers finished with three of its scoring five inside the top 10, also with an individual placing among the individual leader board. College of Charleston finished in the runner-up spot, 15 strokes in arrears at 848 to edge past Augusta which fell to third at 854. Jacksonville State advanced three spots into fourth at 862 with Memphis moving six positions to round out the top five with a team score of 865.
Auburn’s Jovan Rebula claimed the individual medalist honors by three strokes over Hunter Dunagan of the College of Charleston. Rebula posted a three-day score of 13-under, 203, three strokes ahead of Dunagan at 10-under par, 206.
The event concludes the fall portion of Western Carolina’s men’s golf 2019-20 schedule which saw the Catamounts post three, top 10 team finishes. WCU returns to action in the spring semester in mid-February at The Invitational at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Ga., with a 54-hole, two-day event hosted by William & Mary.
13 – Western Carolina – 299-293-293 = 885 (+21)
T34 – Tumi Kúld – 72-72-74 = 218 (+2)
T49 – Tyler Bussert – 76-70-74 = 220 (+4)
T63 – Pierre Viallaneix – 74-75-74 = 223 (+7)
T83 – Magnus Pedersen – 77-77-73 = 227 (+11)
T83 – Zach Caudill – 79-76-72 = 227 (+11)