TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Western Carolina freshman Michael Coe jumped nine spots in the individual standings over the final 18 holes to highlight the Catamounts’ finish Sunday at the Seminole Intercollegiate, with WCU coming home 11th overall. Senior Jackson Bishop paced the squad with a 37th-place finish with a three-round score of 222 at the par-72, 6,965-yard Golden Eagle Country Club.
Tied for 52nd after 36 holes, Coe carded a final-round 1-over-par 73 n Sunday to advance into a tie for 43rd, matching senior teammate Dylan MacQueen. Coe finished the tournament with rounds of 77, 75 and 73, while MacQueen shot 72, 76 and 77 over the three-day tournament.
Coe countered four bogeys with three birdies on Sunday, while MacQueen birdied twice, slipping three spots in the final standings over the last 18 holes.
Bishop slipped four spots on the final day into a WCU team-best tie for 37th overall. The Gainesville, Georgia, native opened the final round strong with three birdies against one bogey on the back nine to make the turn at 2-under-par. He came home with three bogeys over the first four holes of the front nine with a double-bogey with three to play to shoot 5-over on the back and 3-over on the day.
All told, Coe paced WCU with 34 pars, one more than MacQueen with 33, while Bishop posted a team-best 11 birdies over the two days of competition.
Rounding out WCU’s scoring five were junior George Whitbread in a tie for 52nd overall at 227 (76-73-78) and freshman Zach Caudill in 75th with a score of 241 (83-77-81). Whitbread led the Catamounts in par-4 scoring at 1-over (4.03).
Tied for fourth after the first round but holding the lead after the second round, tournament host Florida State claimed the team championship by nine strokes over runner-up Jacksonville, 844-to-853. James Madison finished third overall at 9-under-par 855, with Cincinnati (860) and Arkansas State (866) rounding out the top five teams.
FSU’s John Pak took individual medalist honors by three strokes over a three-way tie for second between teammate Jamie Li, Albert Badosa-Soler from Nicholls State and Nacho Montero from James Madison. Pak shot 208 (72-66-70) ahead of the three-way tie at 211.
Western Carolina men’s golf returns to action at the Southern Intercollegiate, hosted by Georgia at the Athens Country Club in Athens, Georgia, on March 12. The event is scheduled for 36 holes in one day of competition.