KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Western Carolina senior George Whitbread paced the squad in a tie for 41st overall as the Catamounts closed the fall portion of their 2018-19 schedule at the East Bay Deli Classic at Kiawah contested at the par-72, 6,911-yard Turtle Point Golf Course. WCU saw each member of its scoring five slip in the final standings on Tuesday, sliding into 17th-place overall with a three-day score of 910.
Whitbread remained consistent throughout the tournament’s 54 holes, finishing second overall in the 117-golfer field with 40 pars. The Colchester, England, native slipped 11 spots on Tuesday with a final-round score of 4-over-par 76 for a three-day total of 225. Whitbread had 14 pars over the final 18 holes.
WCU freshmen strikers Tumi Kúld and Louis Theys finished tied for 61st overall with matching scores of 228. Kúld slipped 39 spots with a final-round score of 80, while Theys was down 22 positions in the standings with a 6-over-par 78 over the last 18 holes. Kúld had a pair of birdies in the final round while Theys rebounded from a 7-over-par start through the first 11 holes with three straight birdies to open the front nine before a double-bogey on his final hole relegated him to 6-over-par.
Rounding out WCU’s scoring five was sophomore Chandler Metz in a tie for 64th with a score of 229, while classmate Zach Caudill finished 113th (256).
Playing unattached as an individual, sophomore Michael Coe matched Whitbread with a team-best, 9-over-par score of 225, saving his best for last on Tuesday. The Cary, North Carolina, native finished the tournament with a score of 2-over 74 in climbing six positions. Coe finished just behind Whitbread with 39 total par scores.
Tournament-host No. 44 College of Charleston held off Memphis to win the team championship, finishing the event at 3-under par 861 while the Tigers shot even-par 864. Augusta came home third, 13-strokes off the pace at 877 with USC Upstate (878) and Radford (882) rounding out the top five.
Second-round leader Isaiah Jackson of Memphis retained his hold atop the individual leaderboard but was joined by the College of Charleston’s Christian Baliker, who jumped three spots with a final-round score of 5-under par 67 to share medalist honors.
All told, the Catamounts carded 166 pars as a team, second only to the event champion, College of Charleston.
Western Carolina is scheduled to return to action in the spring semester, traveling west to Palm Desert, Calif., for the Desert Intercollegiate.