Pinehurst N.C. - Western Carolina junior Dylan MacQueen carded a final round score of even-par, 72, on Tuesday to finish the 54-hole event with at 224, jumping six spots in the final standings into a four-way tie for 11th-place. MacQueen paced three Catamounts in the final top 20, guiding WCU to a fifth-place team finish as play concluded at the par-72, 7,118-yard Pinehurst No. 9.
MacQueen collected All-Southern Conference plaudits on Tuesday following the conclusion of the championship event.
Opening on the front nine, MacQueen countered three bogies with three birdies and a trio of pars to make the turn to the back nine even. His fourth birdie of the final round coming on the par-5 10th moved him to 1-under par, the lowest he would go in the last round. A bogey on the par-4 13th relegated him back to even, closing the round with five-consecutive pars for the even-par round. MacQueen finished with a team-high 11 birdies over the three rounds, tied for third in the field.
Junior Jackson Bishop climbed a team-best 11 positions over the final 18 holes on Tuesday, shooting 1-under par, 71, for a three-round total of 226 (77-78-71) to place in a tie for 16th where he was joined by classmate Bright Julamool (76-74-76=226).
Bishop played much of the day at 2-under par after back-to-back birdies on the second and third holes of the day. Three birdies against one bogey on the front nine left him turning towards home at 2-under par. On the back nine, the Gainesville, Ga., native had six pars with two bogies and a fourth birdie to shoot 71. Julamool slid seven spots on Tuesday, carding three bogies on the front nine to turn to the back at 3-over. A birdie on the par-5 10th moved him back to 1-over for the day, but consecutive bogies on the 16th and 17th left him 4-over for the day at 76.
Sophomore Mark David Johnson stumbled early in his final round, posting three bogies and one triple bogey with a birdie to turn at 5-over par. He countered three additional bogies and one double-bogey with a pair of birdies over the final nine holes to shoot 80 for a three-round score of 231 (76-75-80), tied for 25th overall. All told, Johnson paced the field in par-5 scoring over the 54-hole event
Rounding out WCU's scoring five was sophomore Lawson King in 38th-place overall with a score of 242 (76-81-85).
Collectively as a team, Western Carolina finished third with 157 team pars, while posted the second-best par-3 team scoring average at +9 (3.15). Julamool posted a team-best 36 pars, one ahead of Jackson who tallied 35 with King charting a total of 31.
ETSU (882), which placed three players in the top 10 overall, captured the overall team championship by eight strokes over runner-up UNCG (890) as the tournament worked around rain that forced 36 holes on the opening day and a postponement of play on Monday. On the strength of their SoCon-record 20th team title, the Bucs garnered the automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
Wofford (898) jumped two spots in the final standings on Tuesday to claim third-place overall, with Chattanooga (900) and WCU (904) rounding out the top five. Furman finished sixth with a three-round score of 908, followed by Mercer (912) and Samford (930).
ETSU's Geuntae Kim won a sudden-death playoff against the SoCon's Freshman of the Year, UNCG's Jonathan Brightwell, with a par on the par-4 18th hole.