Pinehurst, N.C. - Junior Bright Julamool carded an opening-day score of 6-over par, 150, on a cold and rainy Sunday to pace Western Carolina in a tie for ninth-place overall individually. Third after the opening 18 holes, the Catamounts slipped to fourth in the team standings despite trimming five strokes off its team score in the second round of the Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship at the par-72, 7,118-yard Pinehurst No. 9.
Monday's tee times are set for 9:00 am with the strong possibility of being pushed back by inclement weather predicted for the area. The teams played two rounds Sunday instead of the originally scheduled 18 holes because of the Monday forecast.
Julamool, who advanced three positions in the second round, is tied with four others for the ninth spot overall, just six strokes off the pace with 18 holes to play. The Bangkok, Thailand native shot 4-over par, 76, with one birdie against five bogies and 12 pars in the first round. In the second round, Julamool countered three bogies on the front nine with two-consecutive birdies to make the turn to the back side at 1-over par. He was poised to carry that one-over score into the clubhouse before a fourth bogey on the par-4 18th left him at 2-over for the round.
Sophomore Mark David Johnson sits in a tie for 14th overall, sliding two spots in the standings though remaining just a stroke in arrears of Julamool at 151. Coming off a fifth-place showing at last year's event, Johnson carded three birdies against seven bogies in the first round to shoot 4-over par, 76. The St. Simons Island, Ga., native overcame three bogies and a double-bogey on the front nine with two birdies on the back side to shoot 3-over, 75, for his two-round score of 151.
All told, Johnson leads the tournament field in par-5 scoring at 4-under par (4.50) on the longest layouts.
Junior Dylan MacQueen jumped eight spots in the second round by knocking six strokes off his opening-round score of 79 to shoot 1-over par, 73, in the second round. The Woodstock, Ontario, native started with a plus-4 on the par-5 10th to open his tournament, struggling through an 8-over par back nine. He would rally, however, on the front nine with eight pars and a birdie to finish at plus-7. In the second round, MacQueen carded five birdies including closing the day with back-to-back birdies on holes he bogeyed earlier in the day to set himself up for a strong finish.
MacQueen, who posted a team-best seven birdies on Sunday, ranks tied for first in par-3 scoring at 2-under (2.75)
Rounding out WCU's scoring five are junior Jackson Bishop in a tie for 24th overall at 155 (77-78) with sophomore Lawson King sliding 17 spots in the second 18 holes to sit tied for 29th at 157 (76-81).
As a team, WCU ranks second in par-3 scoring at plus-3 (3.08) overall and is fourth in par-4 scoring (4.36, +36). The Catamounts are also second in the tournament with 107 combined pars over the first 36 holes including both Julamool and Bishop tied for fourth with 24 pars apiece.
Two-time defending champion ETSU shot a 4-over-par 292 in round one and a 12-over 300 in round two to carry a six-stroke lead into Monday's final round. Bolstered by a second-round hole-in-one, Bucs sophomore Geuntae Kim shot an even-par 144 on the day and carries a one-stroke advantage over Chattanooga's Wes Gosselin into the final round.
ETSU (592), which led by 11 strokes after the opening round, saw its lead shrink to six strokes in the second, as UNCG and Chattanooga closed the gap and finished tied at 22-over 598. The three teams have two players each in the top five.
Western Carolina is in fourth at 605 (305-300), seven strokes back of UNCG and UTC, while Wofford is fifth at 610 (308-302). Furman (309-303=612) is another two strokes back in sixth, followed by Samford (308-312-620) and Mercer (317-305=622).
Live stats for Monday's final round (weather permitting) can be found on www.GolfStatResults.com.