CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Paced by freshman Chandler Metz, who was playing in his first collegiate tournament, the Western Carolina men’s golf team slipped two spots in the final standings on Monday, finishing tied for sixth at the season-opening Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate played on the Kaluhyat Course at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y. The Catamounts matched VCU with a 54-hole team score of 924.
Metz, one of two freshmen from Wilkes Central High on the Catamount roster and in the scoring five, posted a career-low round of 2-under-par 70 on Monday to jump 15 spots in the final standings. The Wilkesboro, N.C., native carded a three-round score of 227 (83-74-70) to finish tied for 16th overall.
Senior Dylan MacQueen, who led WCU through the first two rounds on Sunday, slipped 16 positions on Monday into a tie for 23rd overall. The Woodstock, Ontario, native finished with rounds of 79, 69 and 81 for a two-day score of 229.
Rounding out WCU’s scoring five were senior Bright Julamool (84-75-75) in a tie for 33rd, advancing five spots in the final round, while freshman Zach Caudill (76-83-82) finished tied for 49th and senior Jackson Bishop (95-76-83) in a tie for 75th overall.
Five-time returning event champion and tournament host Missouri put six golfers inside the top seven overall to claim the team championship going away. Tigers’ golfer Hayden Buckley edged teammate Rory Franssen by a stroke, 209-to-210, as the two dueled over the two-day event.
Mizzou shot 20-under-par 844 as a team to win its sixth consecutive event title, while the runner-up, UNCW, was 30-over-par 894. Boston College finished third at 908, with St. Peters (915) and Cleveland State (923) rounding out the top five.
Western Carolina returns to action Sept. 18-19 at the Memphis Intercollegiate, hosted at the Colonial Country Club, before hosting the 12th annual Hummingbird Intercollegiate at the beautiful Country Club of Sapphire Valley. MacQueen finished third individually last year at the Colonial before winning the Hummingbird just ahead of Bishop. This year’s home tournament returns to a 54-hole format for just the second time in the history of the event, and will also be played earlier than usual.