Kiawah Island, S.C. - Senior Dylan MacQueen cared a team-low final round of 2-under par, 70, on Tuesday to lead Western Carolina to an 11th-place finish at the East Bay Deli Classic at the par-72, 6,911-yard Turtle Point Golf Course. WCU posted a final round score of 293 for a three-day total of 914, advancing one spot in the finishing order from its second round standing and finished just two strokes outside of the top 10.
Part of WCU's resurgence on the final day came from senior Dylan MacQueen, who fired WCU's lowest tournament round on Tuesday to climb 11 positions in the final order into a tie for 21st overall. The Woodstock, Ontario, native countered four bogies with six birdies -- three on each side -- for the 2-under round.
MacQueen paced the tournament in par-3 scoring at 4-under par (2.67), while also finishing fourth among all golfers with 13 total birdies.
Freshman Michael Coe slipped three spots in the final standings into a tie for 33rd overall -- his best showing as a Catamount -- with a three-round score of 229 (81-73-75). The Cary, N.C., product made the turn at 1-under par and sat at 1-under with five holes to play on Tuesday. However, four bogeys before finishing with a par on the par-5 10th relegated him to 3-over for the day at 75.
Rounding out WCU's scoring six were senior Bright Julamool, who slid into a tie for 48th with a final round 81 for a three-day score of 233 (81-71-81), while junior transfer George Whitbread advanced three spots into a tie for 55th with a score a stroke back at 234 (84-76-74). Senior Jackson Bishop carded his best round of the tournament with a 2-over par, 74, on Tuesday to move up 11 positions, closing play in a tie for 80th overall with a 54-hole score of 250 (92-84-74).
Western Carolina's sixth player in the team scoring rotation, freshman Chandler Metz, withdrew from Tuesday's final round. Also, playing unattached as an individual, freshman Zach Caudill came home tied for 80th overall with a three-day score of 250 (90-75-80).
No. 26 Tennessee successfully defended its team tournament crown, holding off Jacksonville State by eight strokes, 873-to-881. The Gamecocks posted the second-lowest final round at 283, bested only by Coastal Carolina which shot 281 in rallying to a sixth-place finish. Second-place after two rounds, Southern Conference-foe, Chattanooga, slipped to third in the final order at 884, with College of Charleston (896) and Rutgers (897) rounding out the top five.
Art Griffin from tournament-host Charleston Southern jumped three spots over the final round, matching the low round of the tournament with a 5-under par, 67, on Tuesday to edge Tennessee's Rhys Nevin-Wharton by two strokes, 213-to-215. Chattanooga's Lake Johnson jumped seven spots into third place at the conclusion of play, shooting even-par, 216.
The tournament concluded the fall portion of Western Carolina's 2017-18 schedule. The Catamounts return to action with back-to-back tournaments in Florida in mid-to-late February, 2018, taking part in the Martin downs Collegiate, hosted by UNCG Feb. 11-13, and Florida State's Seminole Classic on Feb. 24-25.