Palm City, Fla. - Western Carolina men’s golf sits in ninth-place after 36 of the scheduled 54 holes at the spring-opening UNCG / Martin Downs Collegiate, trimming four strokes off its opening-day score to shoot 309 on Monday at the par-72, 6,802-yard Osprey Course at the Martin Downs Golf Club. The Catamounts advanced one spot in the standings after George Mason had two players disqualified due to incorrect scorecards following the first round.
Senior Dylan MacQueen dropped three spots in the individual standings Monday afternoon, shooting a 1-over par round of 73 for a two-day score of even-par, 144, to sit in a six-way tie for 11th-place overall. Junior transfer George Whitbread and freshman Michael Coe posted the second-best rounds of the day for WCU, both shooting 3-over par, 75.
Opening on the back nine, MacQueen was 1-under after nine holes, birdieing his second hole of the day combined with eight pars. A triple-bogey on the par-4 first left him at 2-over par for the day. But, the Woodstock, Ontario, product bounced back directly with back-to-back pars to return to even with six holes remaining. Two bogeys with a fourth birdie of the round sandwiched in between left him at 2-over on the front nine and 1-over for the day.
MacQueen has a team-best eight of WCU’s 23 birdies in the field through two rounds, and is even-par in par-4 scoring (4.00).
Whitbread slipped five spots in the individual standings on Monday, countering two double-bogies and a trio of bogies with four birdies to shoot 3-over 75. The Colchester, England, native is mired in a six-way tie for 39th overall with a score of 151. Coe was the only Catamount golfer to improve his position on the second day, jumping up one spot into a four-way tie for 58th overall with a two-day score of 156.
One-over at the turn after three bogies and two birdies on the back nine, Coe, a product of Cary, N.C., carded a bogey on the par-4 No. 1 to sit at 2-over with eight holes to play. On the 482-yard, par-5 third, though, Coe shot eagle to move back to even-par with six to go. He finished his round with four pars, a double-bogey and a bogey to shoot 2-over on the front, 3-over par, 75, for the day.
Rounding out WCU’s scoring five are senior Bright Julamool in 66th with a score of 171 and freshman Chandler Mets one spot back in 67th at 179. Julamool posted two birdies on Monday to give him three for the tournament, while Metz charted his first birdie of the opening 36 holes on the par-5 eighth on the front nine.
Playing unattached as an individual, freshman Zach Caudill posted two birdies on Monday to give him three for the tournament entering the final round. He sits in a two-way tie for 62nd overall at 160.
The tournament has a new leader after the second round as Seton Hall’s Gregor Tait, second after the first round, posted his second-straight round in the 60s on Monday to take the top spot and a two-stroke lead with a two-day total of 136. First-round leader, William Harwood of Elon, slid three spots into a tie for fourth.
With four of its scoring five inside the top 20 – and two inside the top 10 – tournament-host UNCG has vaulted to the top of the leaderboard, replacing its Piedmont Triad counterpart, Elon, in a tie for the lead with Seton Hall. The two squads pace the field by four-strokes with matching scores of 568 while Elon slipped to third at 572. West Virginia is fourth, seven-strokes off the pace at 575, with Mercer in fifth at 578 after two rounds.
The final round is scheduled for Tuesday morning with WCU scheduled to take the course on the back nine beginning at 7:30 am, paired with golfers from Lehigh and George Mason. Live scoring is available online through GolfStatResults.com.
9 – Western Carolina – 313-309 = 622
T11 – Dylan MacQueen – 71-73 = 144
T39 – George Whitbread – 76-75 = 151
T58 – Michael Coe – 81-75 = 156
66 – Bright Julamool – 85-86 = 171
67 – Chandler Metz – 88-91 = 179
T62 – Zach Caudill (i) – 81-79 = 160