March 20, 2011
Greenville, S.C. - The Western Carolina men's golf team shot 303 on Sunday to finish 16th overall in the 42nd annual Furman Intercollegiate hosted at the par-72 Furman University Golf Club. Freshman Jack Walsh led the Catamounts in a tie for 39th while classmate Greg Bunner lead the team in scoring in the final round at two-over, 74.
Walsh got off to a rough start on his final 18 holes on Sunday, scoring double-bogey on his opening hole with a bogey on the par-4 No. 3 to move to three-over. He did post his lone birdie of the round on the par-4 No. 7 to make the turn at two-over, but four bogies on the back nine relegated him to six-over, 78, in the final round and left him at 222 for the tournament.
Bunner, who finished tied for 95th overall, carded two of his three birdies on the day in his first two holes with the third coming on the 18th. He made the turn even, finishing his final nine holes with three bogies and the birdie on the last hole. Bunner shot 232 over the 54-hole event.
Clemson (848) fired a tournament record-low round of 16-under, 272, on Sunday to rally from third place to clinch its second-straight Furman Intercollegiate title by a dozen strokes over second-place Kennesaw State (860). Virginia Tech, which rallied to tie Kennesaw State for the team lead after the second round, slipped to third, two strokes in arrears of the Owls in the final standings. East Carolina finished in fourth place while the host Paladins came home fifth.
Purdue's William Sjaichudin led wire-to-wire, posting an even-par 72 on Sunday to edge East Carolina's Harold Varner by a stroke, 206-to-207, to claim individual medalist honors. Clemson's Thomas Bradshaw rallied from a tie for 22nd after 36 holes to finish third, tying a tournament record and establishing a competitive record for the Furman Golf Club which was renovated three years ago with a eight-under, 64.
Rounding out WCU's finishers were Collin Witiak in a tie for 41st, one stroke in arrears of Walsh at 223 and Michael Fitzgerald in a tie for 91st at 231. Fitzgerald birdied two of his first six holes and made the turn at one-under on Sunday. However, four bogies and a double-bogey on the 18th relegated him to four-over 76. Sophomore Trey White finished tied for 107th after posting a five-over 77 on Sunday to shoot 234 over the weekend.
Western Carolina returns to action in two weeks as it travels to the UK Bluegrass Invitational, hosted by the University of Kentucky at the University Club in Lexington April 8-10. The Catamounts finished tied for 17th at the event a season ago.