Kiawah Island, S.C. - Western Carolina men's golf sits in 12th-place after 18 of the scheduled 54 holes at the East Bay Deli Classic hosted by Charleston Southern at the Turtle Point Golf Course on Kiawah Island. Senior Dylan MacQueen leads the Catamounts amidst a six-way tie for eighth-place just three strokes off the lead as WCU (321) is just three strokes outside the top 10.
Play on Sunday was slowed by blustery conditions including strong winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour. Round two tee times start at 8:00 am on Monday off the No. 1 and No. 10 tee boxes while the final round will have a shotgun start on Tuesday morning. Paired with golfers from USC Upstate and Memphis, WCU's scoring side will tee-off on the back nine beginning at 9:48 am.
MacQueen moved to 1-under par three different times during Sunday's first round, doing so first with a birdie on the par-5 second before a second birdie on the par-5 fifth. Sitting at 2-over par eight holes deep into the round, the Woodstock, Ontario, native posted three-consecutive birdies between holes nine through 11 to again move to 1-under for the round. MacQueen countered three bogies and a double-bogey with his sixth birdie of the first day to finish at 3-over, 75.
Senior Bright Julamool and freshman Michael Coe are both tied for 39th for the Catamounts after shooting matching scores of 81. Coe started the day 2-under through his first six holes with back-to-back birdies on holes three and four. However, five-consecutive bogies including three to close the front nine and two to start the back left him at 3-over par before a third birdie on the par-5 13th. The rookie struggled down the stretch, though, with four of his final five holes over par. Julamool carded a pair of birdies on Sunday and was poised for a 6-over round before a triple bogey on the par-4 18th.
Playing unattached as an individual, freshman Zach Caudill is in a tie for 86th overall after an opening-round score of 90.
Defending event champion, Tennessee, leads the 15-team field by six strokes. Ranked 26th nationally according to GolfStat, the Volunteers were the only squad to shoot a sub-300 team round on Sunday to lead second-place, Rutgers, 298-to-304. Fellow Southern Conference member, Chattanooga, is in third, five strokes in arrears at 309, with High Point (311) and Jacksonville State (312) rounding out the top five.
Individually, the top-spot is shared by a pair of golfers at even-par as host Charleston Southern's Art Griffin and Adam Gray of Rutgers both shot 72 on Sunday. That duo is followed by a four-way tie for third at 1-over par entering Monday's second round.
Live scoring is available online through GolfStatResults.com.